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European plans to deploy and develop 5G technology on the 700Mhz band is to push Spain’s DTT to other frequency slots.

antena tdt 17 july 2017The country’s Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) has just published a series of recommendations to carry out the so-called second digital dividend.

As 5G also aims to globally standardise the use of the radioelectric spectrum for mobile networks, the European Commission has told local telecom authorities to free up the 700Mhz slot (between 694-790Mhz) to develop the new technology.

“More spectrum and frequency slots have to be set up for electronic communications services, so operators are able to deliver better and faster services and develop new technologies,” said the CNMC.

For viewers and users, the development means that aerials and decoders will have to be retuned in the near future.

When Spain carried out its analogue switch-off in 2010, DTT channels were broadcasting through 800Mhz, even though it was already known that the slot would have to be used by LTE mobile technologies. The situation ended with a major DTT retuning in 2014, as DTT networks were moved to the 700Mhz slot.

Spain’s Ministry of Energy and Digital Affairs is already carrying out a public enquiry to hear opinions on the matter (including those of telecom operators and consumers’ associations) before designing its 5G and second digital dividend plan.