Mobile & Wireless Broadband Licences

Information is set out below on the long-term licences issued for mobile & wireless broadband, mobile voice and text services in Ireland. These are the:

  • 3G Licences & 2.1 GHz Band Liberalised Use Licences (2.1 GHz Band)
  • MBSA1 Liberalised Use Licences (800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz Bands)
  • 3.6 GHz Band Liberalised Use Licences (3.6 GHz Band); and
  • MBSA2 Liberalised Use Licences (700 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz Bands)

The Liberalised Use Licences (2.1 GHz Band, MBSA1, 3.6 GHz and MBSA2) are all technology and service neutral thereby allowing the provision of mobile wireless broadband services and fixed wireless broadband services using the 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G technologies as appropriate.

The 3G Licence is a service and technology specific licence only allowing the provision of 3G services.

Information on the apparatus and site locations licensed in the schedules of these licences is updated annually and the non-confidential version of this information is set out here.

The 3G Licences & 2.1 GHz Band Liberalised Use Licences (2.1 GHz Band)

In 2002 and 2007, following 3G licence competitions, four 3G Licences were issued for spectrum rights in the 2.1 GHz band each for a 20 year period.

These licences were issued under the 3G Licensing Framework of S.I 345 of 2022, as amended by S.I. 340 of 2003, and are service and technology specific to the provision of 3G services.

Between 2021 and 2023, a 2.1 GHz Band Liberalised Use Licence was issued to each of the 3G Licensees. These licences were issued under the licensing framework of S.I. 265 of 2021 and are technology and service neutral allowing the provision of mobile and fixed wireless broadband services in 2.1 GHz band, using the 3G, 4G and 5G technologies as appropriate.

Three of the 3G Licences (and the corresponding 2.1 GHz Band Liberalised Use Licences) expired in 2022 and the remaining 3G licence (and corresponding 2.1 GHz Band Liberalised Use Licence) expires in 2027 as detailed below.

2.1 GHz Band Licensee Licence type Licence Commencement & Expiry Quantum of  Spectrum in 2.1 GHz band Spectrum Assignment Licence*
Eircom Limited 3G Licence 12 March 2007
to
11 March 2027
2 x 15 MHz 1965–1980 MHz
/ 2155–2170 MHz
L3G1004
Eircom Limited 2.1 GHz Band Liberalised Use Licence 02 April 2023
to
11 March 2027
2 x 15 MHz 1965–1980 MHz
/ 2155–2170 MHz
21L1004


* Information on the apparatus and site locations licensed in the schedules of these licences is updated annually and the non-confidential version of this information is set out HERE.

The MBSA1 Liberalised Use Licences (800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz Bands)

In 2013 following the Multi-Band Spectrum Award of 2012 (“‘MBSA1”) four MBSA1 Liberalised Use Licences were issued for spectrum rights in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands, each for a 17½-year period expiring on 12 July 2030.

These licences were issued under the MBSA1 Liberalised Use Licensing Framework of S.I 251 of 2012 and are technology- and service-neutral allowing the provision of mobile and fixed wireless broadband services compatible with the relevant European Decisions harmonising the spectrum bands, using the 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G technologies as appropriate.

MBSA1
Licensee
Licence Commencement & Expiry Quantum of Spectrum in band Spectrum Assignment Licence*
Eircom Limited 01 Feb 2013
to
12 July 2030

800 MHz:            2 x 10 MHz

900 MHz:            2 x 10 MHz

1800 MHz:          2 x 15 MHz

800 MHz:                                          832–842 / 791–801 MHz

900 MHz:                                          880–890 / 925–935 MHz

1800 MHz:                                      1770–1785 / 1865–1880 MHz

MLU1004

 

Three Ireland (Hutchison) Limited 01 Feb 2013
to
12 July 2030

800 MHz:            2 x 10 MHz

900 MHz:            2 x 15 MHz


1800 MHz:
         
2 x 35 MHz

800 MHz:                                          842–852 / 801–811 MHz

900 MHz:                                          890–900 / 935–945 MHz &    910–915 / 955–960 MHz

1800 MHz:                                        1710–1725 / 1805–1820 MHz & 1750–1770 / 1845–1865 MHz

MLU1006

MLU1008

Vodafone Ireland Limited 01 Feb 2013
to
12 July 2030

800 MHz:            2 x 10 MHz

900 MHz:            2 x 10 MHz

1800 MHz:          2 x 25 MHz

800 MHz:                                          852–862 / 811–821 MHz

900 MHz:                                          900–910 / 945–955 MHz

1800 MHz:                                        1725–1750 / 1820–1845 MHz

MLU1007

 


* Information on the apparatus and site locations licensed in the schedules of these licences is updated annually and the non-confidential version of this information is set out HERE.

The table above shows the spectrum assignments for time slice 2 of the MBSA1 Licence. For further information on the MBSA1 spectrum assignments, see ComReg Document 12/131.

The 3.6 GHz Band Liberalised Use Licences (3.6 GHz Band)

In 2017 following the 3.6 GHz Band Award, five 3.6 GHz Band Liberalised Use Licences were issued, each for a 15-year period expiring on 31 July 2032.

These licences were issued under the 3.6 GHz Band Licensing Framework of S.I 532 of 2016 and are technology- and service-neutral allowing the provision of mobile and fixed wireless broadband services compatible with the relevant European Decisions for the 3.6 GHz band, using the 4G and 5G technologies as appropriate.

In these licences, spectrum rights were issued for nine regions, five urban and four rural. The five urban regions are the cities and suburbs of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. The four rural regions are the Borders Midlands and West, the South-West, the East and the South-East.

3.6 GHz Band Licensee Licence Commencement & Expiry Quantum of 3.6 GHz Spectrum in Region 3.6 GHz Spectrum Assignment in Region Licence*
Dense Air 01 August 2017
to
31 July 2032

RURAL: 25 MHz

URBAN: 60 MHz

RURAL: 3410–3435 MHz

URBAN: 3410–3435 MHz &                   3580–3615 MHz

3L1005
Eircom Limited 01 August 2017
to
31 July 2032

RURAL: 80 MHz

URBAN: 85 MHz

RURAL: 3620-3700 MHz

URBAN: 3615–3700 MHz

3L1001
Imagine Communications Limited 01 August 2017
to
31 July 2032
RURAL: 60 MHz RURAL: 3560–3620 MHz 3L1004
Three Ireland (Hutchison) Limited 01 August 2017
to
31 July 2032

RURAL: 100 MHz

URBAN: 100 MHz

RURAL: 3700–3800 MHz

URBAN: 3700–3800 MHz

3L1003
Vodafone Ireland Limited 01 August 2017
to
31 July 2032

RURAL: 85 MHz

URBAN: 105 MHz

RURAL: 3475–3560 MHz

URBAN: 3475 3580 MHz

3L1002


* Information on the apparatus and site locations licensed in the schedules of these licences is updated annually and the non-confidential version of this information is set out HERE.

 

MBSA2 Liberalised Use Licences (700 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz Bands)

In 2023 following the Multi-Band Spectrum Award of 2022 (“MBSA2”) four MBSA2 Liberalised Use Licences were issued for spectrum rights in the 700 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands, each for a circa 19-year period expiring on 13 February 2042.

These licences were issued under the MBSA2 Liberalised Use Licensing framework of S.I. 264 of 2021 as amended by S.I. 483 of 2022 and are technology- and service-neutral allowing the provision of mobile and fixed wireless broadband services compatible with the relevant European Decisions harmonising the spectrum bands, using the 3G, 4G and 5G technologies as appropriate.

MBSA2 Licensee Licence Commencement & Expiry Quantum of Spectrum in band Spectrum Assignment Licence*
Eircom Limited 20 January 2023
to
13 Feb 2042

700 MHz:            2 x 10 MHz

2.1 GHz:              2 x 20 MHz

2.3 GHz:              60 MHz

700 MHz:                              703–713 / 758 – 768 MHz

2.1 GHz:                                1960–1980 / 2150–2170 MHz

2.3 GHz TDD:                     2300-2360 MHz

LU1006

 

Imagine Communications Limited 20 January 2023
to 13
Feb 2042

2.3 GHz TDD:    40 MHz

2.6 GHz TDD:    15 MHz

2.3 GHz TDD:                    2360–2400 MHz

2.6 GHz TDD:                    2570–2585 MHz

LU1005
Three Ireland (Hutchison) Limited 20 January 2023
to
13 Feb 2042

700 MHz:            2 x 10 MHz

2.1 GHz:              2 x 20 MHz

2.6 GHz:              2 x 35 MHz

700 MHz:                              713–723 / 768–778 MHz

2.1 GHz:                                1920–1940 / 2110–2130 MHz

2.6 GHz:                                2500–2535 / 2620–2655 MHz

LU1007
Vodafone Ireland Limited 20 January 2023
to
13 Feb 2042

700 MHz:            2 x 10 MHz

2.1 GHz:              2 x 20 MHz

2.6 GHz:              2 x 35 MHz

2.6 GHz TDD:    30 MHz

700 MHz:                              723–733 / 778–788 MHz

2.1 GHz:                                1940–1960 / 2130 2150 MHz

2.6 GHz:                                2535–2570 / 2655–2690 MHz

2.6 GHz TDD:                    2585–2615 MHz

LU1008

 


* Information on the apparatus and site locations licensed in the schedules of these licences is updated annually and the non-confidential version of this information is set out HERE.

The table above shows the spectrum assignments for time slice 2 of the MBSA2 Licence. For further information on the MBSA2 spectrum assignments, see ComReg Document 23/06.