COVID-19 Further Temporary Spectrum Management Measures

Approach to dealing with requests for renewals

ComReg intends to contact licensees towards the end of November 2020 reminding them that a completed Application Form and the necessary supporting information for any renewal of further temporary spectrum rights can be submitted to ComReg from 1 December 2020.

Further Temporary ECS Licences Issued

Each of the MNOs has submitted an application for a Further Temporary ECS Licence.

After assessing each of these applications, ComReg has issued licences as detailed in the table below:

Licensee Commencement Date Expiry Date Spectrum Bands
Meteor Mobile Communications Limited 8 October 2020 7 January 2021 700 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands
Three Ireland (Hutchison) Limited 8 October 2020 7 January 2021 700 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands
Vodafone Ireland Limited 8 October 2020 7 January 2021 700 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands

Further Temporary Electronic Communications Services Licences Regulations 2020

The Wireless Telegraphy (Further Temporary Electronic Communications Services Licences) Regulations 2020 (S.I. No. 407 of 2020) were made on 2 October 2020 by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) with the consent of the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan.

Document 20/88 – COVID-19: Further Temporary Spectrum Management Measures – Response to Consultation and Decision on a Further Licensing Framework for Spectrum Rights in the 700 MHz, 2.1 GHz and 2.6 GHz Bands

On 29 September 2020 ComReg published Document 20/88, its Response to Consultation and Decision for the award of further temporary rights of use in the 700 MHz, 2.1 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands.

Alongside this, ComReg also published Document 20/88a, an Application Form for a Further Temporary Electronic Communications Service Licence.

Document 20/86R – COVID-19: Further Temporary Spectrum Management Measures

Following a common letter from the Three MNO’s (Eir, Three Ireland and Vodafone),  on 18 September 2020,  ComReg published Document 20/86R a consultation considering the request from the operators to establish a further temporary licensing framework for additional spectrum in the 700 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands and to temporarily liberalise the 2.1 GHz Band.

COVID-19: Temporary Spectrum Management Measures

Document 20/64 – COVID-19 Temporary ECS Licensing – July 2020 Update And Next Steps In Considering Any Further Temporary Licensing Framework

On 21 July 2020 ComReg published Document 20/64. This information notice provides an update on the COVID-19 Temporary ECS Licensing Framework and the next steps in considering any further temporary licensing framework.

Renewal of Temporary ECS Licences

Each of the MNOs recently submitted applications for the renewal of their respective Temporary ECS Licence for the maximum duration allowed under the existing licensing framework (i.e. until 7 October 2020).

Having carefully assessed each of these applications (ComReg Document 20/27aR) ComReg has renewed each licence as detailed in the table below:

Licensee Commencement Date Expiry Date Spectrum Bands
Meteor Mobile Communications Limited 9 July 2020 7 October 2020 700 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands
Three Ireland (Hutchison) Limited 9 July 2020 7 October 2020 700 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands
Vodafone Ireland Limited 22 July 2020 7 October 2020 700 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands

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.