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Member States to implement European Spectrum Policy Programme (ESPP)

Indicator Status Evidence
Have you made 900Mhz, 1800Mhz, 2,5-2,69 GHz and 3,4-3,8 GHz frequency bands available and authorised for 3rd and 4th generation mobile services use? - the 900 and 1800 MHz bands are being addressed by the MBSA process referenced above. The use of fixed and nomadic applications is permitted in the 3.4-3.8 GHz bands – see FWALA Guidelines document 06/17R7 at http://www.comreg.ie/publications/revised_guidelines_to_applications_for_fwala_licences.583.104096.p.html for example. The use of mobile applications in the band is pending awaiting the approval of the statutory instrument by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. The band 2.5-2.69 GHz is currently used by MMDS services (an ECS) and is currently undergoing a public consultation process with a view to potentially releasing the spectrum for other ECS applications – see http://www.comreg.ie/publications/consultation_on_future_use_of_2_6_ghz_radio_spectrum_band.583.103962.p.html and http://www.comreg.ie/_fileupload/publications/ComReg1209.pdf
Have you authorised (or plan to authorise in 2012) for use ("licensing") of the digital dividend (800 MHz band) for wireless broadband communication?? Yes see http://www.comreg.ie/radio_spectrum/multi-band_spectrum_award.713.html
Have you implemented the transfer or leasing of right of use in the harmonised bands? - ComReg is currently conducting a public consultation on spectrum trading – see http://www.comreg.ie/publications/spectrum_trading_in_the_radio_spectrum_policy_programme_rspp_bands.583.104156.p.html

Other initiatives:

Ireland has an innovative authorisation scheme to facilitate testing and trials of innovative technology and applications. See Test & Trial Ireland at http://www.testandtrial.ie/ . Ireland’s Fixed Wireless Access Local Area (FWALA) authorisation scheme has been highly successful in encouraging roll-out of wireless broadband services in the 3.6, 10.5 and 26 GHz frequency bands.

External contribution

External contributions are more than welcome. If you would like to share with us a country, regional or local-level initiative relevant for this DAE action, you can do it via the online form.