Arcep to remove tech restrictions in 900MHz/2100MHz bands in overseas territories

11 Dec 2018

Arcep has opened a public consultation on its decision to cancel technological restrictions related to the 900MHz and 2100MHz bands in the overseas territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Reunion, Mayotte, Saint-Martin, Saint Barthelemy and Saint Pierre and Miquelon. Arcep has awarded tech-restricted concessions as follows:

• Guadeloupe: Digicel (Decision No.2009-0839, GSM-900), Orange Caraibe (No.2010-1388, GSM-900) and SFR Caraibe (No.2016-0211, GSM-900)

• Martinique: Orange Caraibe (No.2010-1388, GSM-900), SFR Caraibe (No.2016-0211 GSM-900 and UMTS-900)

• Mayotte: BJT Partners (No.2011-0306, GSM-900), Orange (No.2007-0156, GSM-900 and UMTS-900 ), Telco OI (No.2015-0661, GSM-900 and UMTS-900)

• Reunion: Orange (No.2006-0141, GSM-900 and UMTS-900), Telco OI (No.2015-0661, GSM-900 and UMTS-900)

• Saint Barthelemy: Orange Caraibe (No.2010-1388, GSM-900), UTS Caraibes (No.2008-1259, IMT-2000, and No.2016-0893, GSM-900 and UMTS-900)

• Saint Martin: Orange Caraibe (No.2010-1388, GSM-900), UTS Caraibes (No.2008-1259, IMT-2000, and No.2016-0893, GSM-900 and UMTS-900)

• Saint Pierre and Miquelon: GlobalTel (No.2012-0853, GSM-900).

Arcep highlighted that tech neutrality in the 900MHz and 2100MHz bands is in line with its aim to ensure effective and fair competition between operators and the effective use and management of frequency bands. All interested parties are invited to submit their comments until 17 December 2018.

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