Clearance of commercially valuable spectrum bands expedited
TELEPHONY: The President has taken far-reaching measures for
the clearance of very valuable spectrum bands to be used mainly by
mobile and fixed line operators.
This has been done on a Cabinet decision taken recently with regard
to the policy to be adopted by the Telecommunications Regulatory
Commission in vacating those bands by the incumbent occupants.
Specific measures have been recommended by the Cabinet of Ministers
on a recommendation of the President in his capacity as the Minister in
charge of the subject of TRC, for the optimum use of these valuable
This is of particular significance in the light of TRC offering
spectrum for 3 G rollout last week
The International Telecommunications Union has identified the radio
frequency bands, 450MHz, 1800MHz and 2GHz as the most economical,
efficient and technically suitable frequency bands for the expansion of
cellular mobile services and for the deployment of 3rd generation
This fact has given an exceptional value for these bands all over the
world and the operators are eager to acquire spectrum on these bands at
a substantial cost.
The radio frequency bands 450MHz, 1800MHz and 2GHz have been
allocated for various types of telecommunication applications since
1980's and early 1990's depending on the requirement at that time. With
the maturity of mobile technology during recent years, pressing demand
for these bands have arisen for the expansion/introduction of mobile
The TRCSL has allocated the 1800MHz band for non-mobile telephony
related transmissions called fixed services in early 1990's.
Several Government and non-Government operators are using this band
for point-to-point transmissions for fixed and broadcasting services.
With the rapid expansion of mobile services, spectrum congestion
became a severe issue and the TRCSL identified the 1800MHz band as the
most suitable and the only band to resolve the issue as the incumbents
of the band could be accommodated in alternative bands.
TRCSL has allocated a part of the 1800MHz band for mobile expansion
while taking measures to relocate the incumbents in different frequency
Current GSM networks operating in the 900/1800MHz bands can only
cater for voice and low speed data transmissions but not broadband