700 MHz is Becoming an Invaluable Spectrum Tool in the Mobile Operator’s Toolbox

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By Jake Saunders | 1Q 2022 | IN-6408


700 MHz Spectrum Allocation


In December 2021, the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) released their 700 MHz December 2021 Spectrum Update. There are at least 145 countries with spectrum commitments in the 700 MHz band and within that total, 93 have broad spectrum support in the 700 MHz band. This highlights the growing interest in the 700 MHz band and its importance to operators and economies.

Recently spectrum activities around the 700 MHz band include the first Latin America country to make the change, Chile, whose operators have been allocated 700 MHz. Europe issued a formal decision, the “EC Implementing Decision (EU) 2016(687)”, back in 2016 to harmonize the 700 MHz band for terrestrial systems and make it available by the end of June 2020. For example, in France, there are already more than 10,000 sites which support the 700 MHz according to its spectrum authority, ANFR (L'Agence Nationale des Fréquences). TPG Telecom has successfully rolled out its 5G standalone 700 MHz band services in Australia to provide coverage to 85% of Australia’s population. KDDI (Japan) started it…

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