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Communications Act 2003

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168Spectrum trading
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(1)OFCOM may by regulations authorise the transfer to another person by—

(a)the holder of a wireless telegraphy licence, or

(b)the holder of a grant of recognised spectrum access,

of rights and obligations arising by virtue of such a licence or grant.

(2)The transfers that may be authorised by regulations under this section are—

(a)such transfers of all or any of the rights and obligations under a licence or grant as have the effect that the rights and obligations of the person making the transfer become rights and obligations of the transferee to the exclusion of the person making the transfer;

(b)such transfers of all or any those rights and obligations as have the effect that the transferred rights and obligations become rights and obligations of the transferee while continuing, concurrently, to be rights and obligations of the person making the transfer; and

(c)transfers falling within either of the preceding paragraphs under which the rights and obligations that are acquired by the transferee take effect—

(i)if they are rights and obligations under a wireless telegraphy licence, as rights and obligations under a grant of recognised spectrum access; and

(ii)if they are rights and obligations under such a grant, as rights and obligations under a wireless telegraphy licence.

(3)Regulations authorising the transfer of rights and obligations under a wireless telegraphy licence or grant of recognised spectrum access may—

(a)authorise a partial transfer to be made by reference to such factors and apportionments, and to have effect in relation to such matters and periods, as may be described in the regulations, or as may be determined in accordance with them;

(b)by reference to such factors (including the terms and conditions of the licence or grant in question) as may be specified in or determined in accordance with the regulations, restrict the circumstances in which, the extent to which and the manner in which a transfer may be made;

(c)require the approval or consent of OFCOM for the making of a transfer;

(d)provide for a transfer to be effected by the surrender of a licence or grant of recognised spectrum access and the grant or making of a new one in respect of the transfer;

(e)confer power on OFCOM to direct that a transfer must not be made, or is to be made only after compliance with such conditions as OFCOM may impose in accordance with the regulations;

(f)authorise OFCOM to require the payment to them of such sums as may be determined by or in accordance with the regulations in respect of determinations made by OFCOM for the purposes of the regulations or in respect of an approval or consent given for those purposes;

(g)make provision for the giving of security (whether by the giving of deposits or otherwise) in respect of sums payable in pursuance of any regulations under this section;

(h)make provision as to the circumstances in which security given under such regulations is to be returned or may be retained;

(i)impose requirements as to the procedure to be followed for the making of a transfer and, in particular, as to the notification about a transfer that must be given to OFCOM, or must be published, both in advance of its being made and afterwards;

(j)impose requirements as to the records to be kept in connection with any transfer, and as to the persons to whom such records are to be made available;

(k)set out the matters to be taken into account in the making of determinations under regulations under this section.

(4)The transfer of rights and obligations under a wireless telegraphy licence or grant of recognised spectrum access shall be void except to the extent that it is made—

(a)in accordance with regulations under this section; or

(b)in accordance with a provision specified in subsection (5).

(5)That provision is a provision which—

(a)is contained in a wireless telegraphy licence granted before the commencement of this section or in the first or any subsequent renewal after the commencement of this section of a licence so granted; and

(b)allows the holder of the licence to confer the benefit of the licence on another in respect of any station or apparatus to which the licence relates.

(6)A transfer shall also be void if it is made in contravention of a direction given by OFCOM in exercise of a power conferred by regulations under this section.

(7)Section 403 applies to the power of OFCOM to make regulations under this section.

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