Next Steps

  • Following receipt and due consideration of submissions in response to this Document 19/59, and other relevant material, ComReg intends to publish a response to consultation together with a draft decision for the Proposed Award.
  • While ComReg cannot provide further clarity on the overall timelines at this juncture, as this will depend on the nature of responses received among other things, ComReg will endeavour to issue its response to Document 19/59 at the end of 2019.

Document 19/59 – Response to consultation and further consultation on a Proposed Multi Band Spectrum Award for the 700 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz Bands

On 18 June 2019, ComReg issued Document 19/59,  a response to consultation and further consultation on a Proposed Multi Band Spectrum Award for the 700 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz Bands.

ComReg is publishing alongside this document five independent Consultants Reports:

  • Document 19/59a: a report on the potential design of a spectrum award from its economic and award design consultants, DotEcon;
  • Document 19/59b: a reserve price benchmarking and minimum prices report from DotEcon;
  • Document 19/59c: a report from its technical consultants, Plum Consulting London LLP (Plum), regarding the potential compatibility and co-existence measures that might be necessary to facilitate the co-existence of future WBB networks in the 2.6 GHz band with aeronautical radars in the 2700 – 2900 MHz (the 2.7 GHz Band);
  • Document 19/59d: a report from Plum analysing the potential compatibility and co-existence measures that might be necessary to facilitate the co-existence of future WBB networks in the 2.3 GHz with Eir’s Rurtel network, and wireless local area networks (WLANs) in the 2.4 GHz band (i.e. Wi-Fi), and;
  • Document 19/59e: a report from its consultants, LS Telcom Ltd, examining the various network deployment options and spectrum requirements, if any, for any future deployment of Broadband Public Protection and Disaster Relief (BB-PPDR)

On 19 June 2019, ComReg published Document 19/59f, the non-confidential submissions to Document 18/60, Document 14/65 and other relevant material.

Document 18/103 – “Improving connectivity in Ireland – Challenges, solutions and actions.”

On 30 November 2018, ComReg published the results of three studies which together discuss some of the challenges, solutions and actions to improving connectivity in Ireland. The three reports published are:

  • “Meeting Consumers’ Connectivity Needs” by Frontier Economics (Document 18/103b). This report and accompanying infographic (Document 18/103a) provides an overview of the challenges in providing connectivity for consumers in Ireland and outlines actions that can be taken by all stakeholders, including consumers, industry, government and ComReg, to optimise the levels of connectivity given these challenges.
  • “Future Mobile Connectivity in Ireland” – by Oxera Consulting with Real Wireless (Document 18/103c). This report considers the future mobile connectivity services likely to emerge in Ireland and the estimated costs of providing connectivity to such services at high coverage levels in Ireland.
  • “Coverage obligations and spectrum awards” – by DotEcon (Document 18/103d). This report examines options as to how appropriate coverage and rollout obligations could be included in future spectrum awards.

Document 18/60 – Proposed Multi Band Spectrum Award – Preliminary consultation on which spectrum bands to award

  • On 29 June 2018, ComReg published a preliminary consultation with a particular focus upon the issue of which spectrum bands should be included in the proposed award of spectrum rights of use suitable for the provision of wireless broadband electronic communications services.
  • ComReg was of the preliminary view that the 700 MHz Band (703–733 /758–788 MHz), 2.1 GHz Band (1920 -1980 / 2110 -2170 MHz ), 2.3 GHz Band (2300-2400 MHz) and the 2.6 GHz Band (2500-2570 / 2620-2690 MHz and 2570-2620 MHz) should be included in the proposed award.

Document 17/23 – Information Notice – Progress update on DTT migration to below the 700 MHz band: International coordination of Ireland’s DTT spectrum plan

  • Whilst progressing the 3.6 GHz award process, ComReg was also actively engaged with relevant stakeholders to progress the repurposing of the 700 MHz Band from its current use for digital terrestrial television (“DTT”) services to its use by terrestrial systems capable of providing WBB electronic communications services (“ECS”). It has been established that 4 March 2020 is the date by which DTT services are to be migrated from the 700 MHz Band in Ireland, thereby making the band available for use for other services. The development of this work is detailed further in Document 17/23.

Document 15/14 – Information Notice – Update – Spectrum award – 2.6 GHz band with possible inclusion of 700 MHz, 1.4, 2.3 and 3.6 GHz bands

  • In light of the submissions received to Document 14/101 and Document 14/126, ComReg, on 16 February 2015 published an Information Notice indicating that it intended to consider the possible release of rights of use in the 3.6 GHz band in a separate competitive award process.
  • ComReg proceeded to consult upon and finalise the award of spectrum rights of use in the 3.6 GHz band. This auction took place in the first half of 2017, and on 1 June 2017 the final results of same were published in Document 17/46. All other documents and developments in relation to the 3.6 GHz Band can be found on the 3.6 GHz Band Spectrum Award Page here.

Document 14/101 – Spectrum award – 2.6 GHz band with possible inclusion of 700 MHz, 1.4, 2.3 and 3.6 GHz bands 

Document 14/101n – Information Notice: ComReg publishes first consultation on new spectrum award process

  • In preparation for the release of new spectrum rights of use, ComReg, on 30 September 2014, published its consultation and corresponding information notice setting out its preliminary proposals on the details of a competitive award process for spectrum rights of use in the 700 MHz, 1.4 GHz, 2.3 GHz, 2.6 GHz and 3.6 GHz bands. ComReg proposed the release of all of the above bands in the same award process, whilst noting certain peculiarities around the 3.6 GHz and 700 MHz bands which would require further assessment before coming to firm proposals.

ComReg also published an independent report – Document 14/102 – Spectrum Award – 2.6 GHz band with possible inclusion of 700 MHz, 1.4, 2.3 and 3.6 GHz bands