NBTC ready to hold biannual revision of the spectrum table

Economy April 14, 2015 01:00

By The Nation

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The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will hold a public hearing on May 6 to revise the telecom and broadcasting spectrum table.

Among the meeting highlights will be combining the currently 17.5MHz bandwidth of 900MHz with its idle 3MHz bandwidth of the same spectrum. This total 20MHz bandwidth will be auctioned in December.

The NBTC will put four licences up for auction, two of 12.5 megahertz each on the 1,800MHz spectrum and two of 10MHz each on the 900MHz spectrum. The NBTC will hold the 1,800MHz auction in November, and take bids for the two 900MHz licenses in December.

The licensing body revises the spectrum table every two years.

Mobile broadband service

Other highlights for the latest revision will be the NBTC’s plan to reclaim 1500MHz, 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz spectrum bands for reallocation to provide a mobile broadband service on the International Mobile Telecommunications standard.

The revised table will also see the reallocation of the 50-54-megahertz range to the Army to enforce national security and solve its reported conflict. It will also reallocate 470-510MHz for both telecom and broadcasting services, instead of only for telecom services as at present.

TOT uses this band to provide its analogue cellular service, but the watchdog wants to reclaim it for both telecom and broadcasting services.

In the future, the NBTC will ask terrestrial digital TV stations to switch to broadcasting on the 470-510MHz range from the current 510-790MHz so that it can reallocate the 510-790MHz range to telecom services.

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