Licences issued for the 800 MHz band
The Telecom operators T-Mobile, Vodafone and Telefonica O2 have all been issued licences for their own 20MHz chunk of the 800MHz band, following auctions of the ‘digital dividend’. The ‘digital dividend’ is the spectrum released following the switch of TV services in Germany from analogue to digital. The spectrum will be used for the roll-out of mobile broadband services.
At the same time spectrum in the 1.8, 2.0 and 2.6 GHz bands was also auctioned.
Before the 800MHz band can be fully utilised, TV services using the same spectrum in nearby countries must be moved out of the band. This should happen by the end of 2012.in line with European Commission plan.
Item added: 31st May 2010