In a statement issued yesterday (12 August), the Rundfunk & Telekom Regulierungs (RTR or Regulatory Authority for Telecoms and Broadcasting) in Austria has confirmed its decision to allow 2100MHz 3G UMTS frequencies to be refarmed for 4G LTE use, with immediate effect. Johannes Gungl, managing director of the RTR, commented: ‘A rapid reallocation of UMTS frequency use rights is necessary from a competitive point of view, so that broadband competition is strengthened with LTE. The positive economic effects [include] more capacity for broadband services, more spectrum for the supply of broadband in rural areas, and long-term cost savings through greater technical efficiency’.
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