Progress update on DTT migration to below the 700 MHz band: International coordination of Ireland’s DTT spectrum plan
In March 2017, ComReg, on behalf of the State, completed the international coordination of its spectrum plans for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in the 470 – 694 MHz band with the equivalent regulatory bodies in the UK and in France. This was a significant milestone and was the result of four years of multilateral and bilateral negotiations between ComReg and those neighbouring regulatory bodies. The DTT spectrum plan provides for the ongoing provision of DTT services in the 470 – 694 MHz band and for the migration of DTT services from the 700 MHz band.
The 700 MHz band will be an important part of the solution to address the continually growing demand in Ireland for wireless broadband services and increased connectivity. The 700 MHz band will be used globally for mobile wireless broadband and so there will be economy of scale benefits, in terms of cheaper network equipment and consumer handsets.
Read about ComReg’s latest developments on its international co-ordination work with DTT and the 700 MHz band here.