Netherlands clears 800MHz band for mobile services
The Dutch radio frequencies regulator Agentschap Telecom is clearing the 800MHz “digital dividend band “ of TV signals so that it can be used for mobile communications.
The National Frequencies Plan, which dates from 2005, was changed to allow for base station transmissions in the 791–821MHz band and mobile terminal use in the 832–862MHz band. The broadcasters currently using the band will be gradually migrated to other frequencies under the current DVB-T plan covering the period to 2013.
A 1MHz buffer band has been created to prevent interference between broadcasting and communication networks. This is available for low-power audio connections. A duplex gap of 11MHz is also available between the frequencies for base stations and mobile terminals; and is also available for low-power audio. The regulator has also set aside spectrum for licence-free, low-power applications, in the 614-622MHz range.
Item added: 29th August 2011