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The Wireless Telegraphy (Licence Award) Regulations 2018

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Principal stage form

26.—(1) OFCOM shall provide each bidder in the principal stage with a principal stage form.

(2) Subject to paragraph (8), a bidder is not required to submit a principal stage form in respect of each principal stage round.

(3) Where a bidder chooses to complete a principal stage form in respect of a principal stage round, that bidder must, on the principal stage form—

(a)specify the number of principal stage bids for 2.3 GHz lots it wishes to make in that round;

(b)specify the number of principal stage bids for 3.4 GHz lots it wishes to make in that round;

(c)indicate whether it wishes to withdraw the standing high bid status of its bids for 2.3 GHz lots from consideration by OFCOM for the assignment of standing high bid status after the end of that round;

(d)indicate whether it wishes to withdraw the standing high bid status of its bids for 3.4 GHz lots from consideration by OFCOM for the assignment of standing high bid status after the end of that round; and

(e)indicate whether it wishes to carry forward its eligibility limit (as determined for that round) to the next round.

(4) A principal stage form submitted by a bidder in a round is a valid principal stage form if—

(a)the bidder has completed the form in accordance with paragraph (3);

(b)the bidder has submitted the form in accordance with regulation 59 or 60;

(c)the bidder has complied with regulations 43, 45, 46 and 49 in respect of any principal stage bids specified on the form;

(d)the bidder has complied with regulation 47 in respect of any withdrawal of standing high bid status indicated on the form;

(e)the bidder has complied with regulation 44 in respect of the total frequencies associated with the form; and

(f)the bidder has complied with regulation 48 in respect of any request to carry forward its eligibility limit indicated on the form.

(5) A principal stage bid is a valid principal stage bid if it is specified on a valid principal stage form.

(6) A withdrawal of standing high bid status is a valid withdrawal of standing high bid status if it is indicated on a valid principal stage form.

(7) Any request by a bidder to carry forward its eligibility limit is a valid request to carry forward its eligibility limit if it is indicated on a valid principal stage form.

(8) Any bidder in the principal stage which, in the first principal stage round, does not specify at least one valid principal stage bid shall be excluded from the award process and shall not receive a refund of any sums which the bidder has paid as a deposit under these Regulations, which shall (where not already forfeited) be forfeited together with any interest which has accrued on the deposit.

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