ComReg has published an Information Notice (Document 22/113) noting that the substantive challenge to the Multi Band Spectrum Award (MBSA2) Decision is now over and that the High Court has awarded ComReg its costs against Three.
As soon as the stay is lifted by the Court of Appeal, ComReg will complete all the remaining stages of the MBSA2 and proceed to issue licences for long-term (circa 19 years) spectrum rights of use in the 700 MHz, 2.1 GHz 2.3 GHz 2.6 GHz bands.
Commenting on developments, ComReg Commissioner Garrett Blaney said “This is very positive for connectivity in Ireland and is clear vindication of ComReg’s 2020 decision to advance this award. The 46% increase in the radio spectrum assigned for mobile and fixed wireless services is significant, particularly in rural areas where wireless services play a very important role. ComReg’s decision will further drive competition in the Irish communications sector”.