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GSMA criticises Swedish decision on 700 MHz band

Thursday 1 December 2016 | 15:35 CET | News
The GSMA has criticised the Swedish government's to delay auctioning the 700 MHz band for mobile services, saying it puts at risk the country's position as a mobile leader. A month ago the government shelved plans to auction the spectrum, saying it wanted to first consider using the frequencies for public safety functions. 

The industry association said the government should look at using other bands for public safety systems, rather than spectrum globally harmonised for commercial mobile services. It noted that the European Commission’s Implementing Decision on 700 MHz has chosen the centre gap (which sits between spectrum for the uplink and downlink) for other uses such as public safety and machine-to-machine services. 

Furthermore other EU countries have already opened up the 700 MHz band to mobile, such as Finland, France and Germany, which has helped support the growth in mobile broadband. 



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