Ofcom to release 700 MHz band for mobile data in Q2 2020

Monday 17 October 2016 | 22:16 CET | News
UK telecom regulator Ofcom has announced a number of decisions in relation to the 700 MHz refarming programme, which aims to clear the spectrum between 694 and 790 MHz from its current usage and make it available for mobile data services. One of the main decisions concerns the timing of the programme. Ofcom states that it will accelerate its completion by eighteen months, targeting the spectrum release in Q2 2020. The regulator has also ruled that 20 MHz of spectrum in the part of the 700 MHz band known as the 'centre gap' should be allocated to mobile downlink services.

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Categories: Broadcast & Satellite / Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Ofcom
Countries: United Kingdom
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