Italy’s Communications Regulatory Authority (Autorita per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni, Agcom) has opened a consultation into a possible extension of spectrum rights in the 3.5GHz band which are due to expire in 2023. 15-year licences were won in 2008 by Tiscali unit Aria, Retelit/E-via (now GO internet), Linkem and Telecom Italia (TIM), and the spectrum is currently used for wireless broadband networks based on a technologies such as WiMAX and TD-LTE. Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development has asked Agcom to study the possible extension of the licences, including the regulatory framework and spectrum fees.
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