Research Brief

Dutch mobile spectrum map to be redrawn in 2011

, published: December 2010
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The Netherlands government has outlined the long term policy for mobile spectrum licensing, with a large auction set for 2011 or 2012. This Research Brief describes the goals, available spectrum bands and conditions.The spectrum licences of Dutch mobile operators will be redistributed in a major auction in late 2011 or early 2012, setting the market landscape to 2030. The 'digital dividend', all the 900 and 1800 MHz licences and parts of the 2.1GHz and 2.6GHz bands will be auctioned. Four policy priorities have been set for the auction: effective competition, continuity for existing uses, stimulating innovative services and market-conform pricing. Part of the digital dividend will be reserved for newcomers, and otherwise it will be left up to the market. Network sharing will be allowed, and national network coverage will no longer be required. The 800MHz frequencies are now being used for TV and wireless microphones, but the government assumes that from 2013 the digital dividend can be used for mobile communications. A draft version of the plan has been open for market consultation, and new entrants have called for extra measures such as caps or reserved blocks, which the MNOs say are not needed. The first market reactions to the plan have been positive. But the details still have to be worked out, and much still needs to happen before the auction starts.


Research Type Overview
Published 24 Dec 2010
Pages 6
File Type PDF
Size 135kb
Geographic Scope    Netherlands
Editions Mobile
Topics Legislation / Litigation / Taxation, Regulations, Government telecommunications licensing, Wireless, Government policy

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