The same issues here in Indonesia. 700Mhz spectrum have the highest signal distance which are very suitable for building coverage. More distance results in less BTS needed to cover one area which then makes it cheaper to invest in new technology such as LTE. Currently 700 Mhz in Indonesia also still being used for analog (UHF) television. Considering Depkominfo’s analog-to-digital migration initative still dont have clear execution timeline, 700Mhz spectrum for telco is still long way to go here at home
A high-level European Union report has recommended forcing broadcasters to stop using 700MHz spectrum by 2020, so the airwaves can be freed up for wireless broadband.
These particular airwaves are great for connectivity – with radio spectrum, the lower the number, the better it is at propagating transmissions over great distances and into buildings. That’s why, over in the U.S., T-Mobile shelled out $2.6 billion for some of Verizon’s 700MHz holdings at the start of this year.
Hoping for harmony
In Europe, 700MHz (really 694-790MHz) is still largely reserved for TV broadcasts and wireless microphones, as is most other UHF spectrum. However, the Monday report by Pascal Lamy, a former trade commissioner and WTO chief, said it should be reserved for wireless broadband by 2020 – give or take two years.
This would allow a more harmonized approach to 700MHz across what is supposed to be a single market. Currently…
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