Mobile TV to be made available in five urban areas
ComReg recently published the results of its consultation on the award of UHF spectrum in the urban areas of Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford and has decided that it should be used for Mobile TV services. Following a review of the 11 responses, ComReg is to make one network available in the UHF TV frequency range 470-750 MHz for use in the urban areas.
The licence for the operation of the network will be available for a 10-year period and must provide wholesale services to other service operators.
ComReg will select the licence holder based on a comparative evaluation process rather than through an auction. The tender process will take place at the end of 2009 and ComReg are to make guidelines for the comparative evaluation process available beforehand.
As a condition of a licence award, end-user access to the Mobile TV service must begin within 24 months of the award.
Source: ComReg response to Consultation
Item added: 3rd August 2009