About the Audit
The Independent Audit of Spectrum Holdings, led by Professor Martin Cave, was completed in December 2005. The Audit recommended wide ranging changes in several areas of spectrum management; the Government’s response to the Audit outlined its acceptance of the Audit’s recommendations and a plan for delivering these.
This website has been updated to focus on implementation of the Government’s response to the Audit. Background information relating to the Independent Audit is located in the Audit 2005 tab.
This site is a reference point for information and progress against the implementation plan set out in the Government’s response to the Independent Audit of Spectrum Holdings.
The Government’s response outlined a plan that would result in the application of market mechanisms to the bands in question. This involves several linked initiatives including:
Published April 2009: 2009 Government Forward Look
Ofcom consulted (12 July to 4 October 2007) on proposals to extend market mechanisms to public sector spectrum holdings in line with the implementation plan. Ofcom has now issued a Statement following that consultation: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/consult/condocs/sfrps/statement/
In the 2004 Pre-Budget Report*, the Chancellor of the Exchequer commissioned Professor Martin Cave to conduct an Independent Audit of Spectrum Holdings. The Audit covered spectrum below 15GHz with focus on spectrum used by the pubic sector and for aeronautical and maritime purposes. The radio spectrum is a finite resource and the public sector is the single biggest user of UK radio spectrum.
Principal recommendations of the Audit include:
As set out in the Pre-Budget Report, and more fully in its response to the audit, the Government has welcomed the conclusions of the audit and will work alongside Ofcom to implement the Audit's recommendations and the transition to the new approach.