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French regulator’s spectrum plans

After assigning the 700 MHz band in 2015, France's regulator, Arcep, is working on more frequency allocations for the next two years. Three frequency bands are of particular interest to stakeholders: 1452-1492 MHz band (L band), 3400–3600 MHz (3.5 GHz) band and 2570-2620 MHz (2.6 GHz TDD) band. Several uses are possible for the 3.5 GHz and 2.6 GHz TDD bands in particular, notably enabling mobile operators to deliver increasingly fast connections; increasing throughput on wireless local loop (WLL) networks, designed to provide fixed internet access over radio channels to people living in rural areas where the copper network supplies only limited connection speeds; deployment of professional mobile radio networks (PMR); and development of the internet of things. Arcep will be launching a public consultation to establish the scheme that will be used for sharing the 3.5 GHz and 2.6 GHz TDD bands between the different uses, and the terms and conditions for allocating available spectrum resources. New frequency assignments could take place in 2017. Arcep is also encouraging trials in the 3.5 GHz and 2.6 GHz TDD bands. Read More

  • Monday, 25 April 2016

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