COVID-19: Temporary Spectrum Management Measures

Temporary ECS Licences Issued

On 22 April, following receipt of an application, ComReg issued a Temporary ECS Licence to Vodafone Ireland Limited.

On 9 April, following receipt of applications, ComReg issued Temporary ECS Licences to Meteor Mobile Communications Limited and Three Ireland (Hutchison) Limited. The form of the Temporary ECS Licences are as set out in  S.I. No. 122 of 2020.

Licensee Commencement Date Expiry Date Spectrum Bands
Meteor Mobile Communications Limited 9 April 2020 8 July 2020 700 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands
Three Ireland (Hutchison) Limited 9 April 2020 8 July 2020 700 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands
Vodafone Ireland Limited 22 April 2020 21 July 2020 700 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands

Should a Licensee wish to bring on additional sites, they must notify ComReg of this and request an update to the schedule to its licence. Licensees should submit this request to licensing@comreg.ie.

Temporary Electronic Communications Services Licences Regulations 2020

The Wireless Telegraphy (Temporary Electronic Communications Services Licences) Regulations 2020 (S.I. No. 122 of 2020) were made on 8 April 2020 by the Commission for Communications regulation (ComReg) with the consent of the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton.

Document 20/27 – Response to Consultation & Decision on ComReg’s COVID-19: Temporary Spectrum Management Measures

On 7 April 2020, ComReg published its Response to Consultation and Decision for the award of temporary rights of use in the 700 MHz, 2.1 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands. ComReg published Annex 2 (Application Form) separately in a writable pdf format as Document 20/27a .

The ESRI shape (.shp) files referenced in footnote 8 of the draft Regulations contained in Annex 3 of Document 20/27 relating to the exclusion zones in the 2.6 GHz Band are provided below.

2.6 GHz Band Exclusion Zones.zip

Document 20/23 – Information Notice and publication of non-confidential submissions received to Document 20/21

On 1 April, ComReg published Document 20/23a with the non-confidential versions of the Submissions to Document 20/21 and an Information Notice inviting a joint proposal from industry on arrangements for managing a number of co-existence issues.

Document 20/21 – COVID-19: Temporary Spectrum Management Measures

On 27 March, ComReg published Document 20/21 a consultation entitled “Covid-19 Temporary Spectrum Management Measures” in which it proposed to release additional spectrum in the 700 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands, to temporarily liberalise the 2.1 GHz Band, which is currently licensed for 3G-use only, and set out the proposed licensing framework for same and sought the views of interested parties.