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Arcep sets guidelines to clear 1.5 GHz band for 5G services

Wednesday 12 June 2019 | 10:52 CET | News

French regulator Arcep has announced new rules supporting its plan to clear the 1.5 GHz band (1427–1517 MHz) for 5G. Known as the L-band, it is currently being used for point-to-point backhaul links on public and professional mobile networks, while also being exploited by the Interior and Defence ministries. A consultation on the spectrum release was published in July 2018 recommending that licences in this band for fixed service point-to-point (microwave) links could not extend beyond 2022. The regulator said that it has confirmed this proposal, adding that it has set a deadline of 31 December 2022 for issuing new licences/renewals.

The new rules aim to meet the EU objective to make the 1.5 GHz band available for mobile networks by 2023. Earlier this year, French spectrum agency ANFR updated the country’s national frequency plan to place this band under Arcep's authority by 01 January 2023 at the latest. The regulator said that it will be able to award 90 MHz in the band for mobile services across France. 



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