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Bahrain Plans LTE Spectrum Sale Later This Year

22 марта 2012

Bahrain's telecoms regulator, the TRA has confirmed that it will offer additional radio spectrum later this year.

In a speech Dr. Mohammed Al Amer, Chairman of the TRA announced that "later this year or early next year, it is planned to conduct a licence award process for paired spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band and in other frequency bands used for mobile telecommunications which could be used for post 3G mobile services to deliver ultra high speed broadband communications over mobile networks."

The spectrum will be released in two tranches.

The first tranche would be two paired sub-bands of 40 MHz which would be freed by the end of 2012. A further 30 MHz of paired 2.6 GHz spectrum would become available by the end of 2014.

TRA will shortly be developing a technology neutral licence award process for the entire 70 MHz of 2.6 GHz paired spectrum, together with another 40 MHz of paired spectrum at 2.1 GHz, 15 MHz of paired spectrum at 1.8 GHz and 5.6 MHz of paired spectrum at 900 MHz. In addition, 15 MHz of unpaired spectrum will be on offer at 1.9 GHz.

It is envisaged that the licensing award process would take place between the fourth quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013. The next step in the process will take place next month (April 2012) when an RFP will be published in which TRA will outline its preliminary views and will announce that it is seeking expert help in the design of a suitable award mechanism.

Dr. Al Amer also announced that "A thorough assessment of public mobile spectrum requirements will be commissioned shortly, with a view to determine and plan the longer term radio spectrum requirements of the Kingdom's public mobile telecommunications sector and ensure the future provision of advanced communications services to consumers in Bahrain."

This review of spectrum will seek to determine the Kingdom's public mobile spectrum requirements for 2020 and beyond. It is anticipated that the review's findings will be announced during 2015.


Источник: Cellular news

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