Ofcom imposes new mobile fees

Ofcom logoMobile regulator Ofcom said it has revised annual fees for operators after receiving directions from the government to charge the full market value.

After consultation, Ofcom has decided that mobile operators in the UK will pay a combined total of $80.3 million for the 900MHz band and £119.3 million for the 1800MHz band.

That’s a total of £199.6 million a year.

The fees come into effect in two phases with the first half of the fees in effect on the 31st October 2015, and the second half into effect on 31st October 2016.

The regulator said that it conducted “detailed consultations” that considered factors including sums paid in the 4G auction and overseas spectrum auctions.

Ofcom had proposed fees in February this year but said that after consultation the fees for the 1800MHz band are three percent lower, and the fees for the 900MHz band are 24 percent lower.

Ofcom used the German auction which ended on the 19th June 2015 to provide evidence for market value for the spectra.