Ireland’s telecoms regulator the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has launched a public consultation on proposals to award spectrum in the 800MHz and 900MHz spectrum bands. The process comes in the wake of a government announcement in July this year that analogue terrestrial television will be closed down in Q4 2012. Following that decision, the Republic’s broadcast authority published its views on proposals to allocate multiplex licences for commercial digital terrestrial television (DTT) services. The authority considers it technically infeasible to launch DTT commercially before the analogue switch-off, meaning there will not be a requirement for the use of the 800MHz band by DTT broadcasting. The latest developments clarify the situation vis a vis licensing of the 800MHz band which the watchdog currently believes will take place in early 2013. As such, ComReg is turning its attention to the release of the spectrum – along with some 900MHz band frequencies – meaning that some 130MHz in sub-1000MHz bands will be available on a ‘liberalised’ basis. The closing date for the consultation is 15 October 2010.
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