Whole rainbow of spectrum to be released by TRA

11 Dec 2009

Bahrain’s Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRA) has put forward a radio frequency spectrum release plan for public consultation. The regulator aims to determine whether spectrum in the 790MHz–862MHz band gained as a result of the transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television should be used for broadcasting, fixed, mobile, converged services or other applications. The TRA proposes this ‘digital dividend’ be used for converged broadband services using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, but a decision is yet to be made. Other frequencies proposed for release by the watchdog include the 2.5GHz-2.69GHz band, potentially earmarked for fixed wireless access (FWA)/LTE services, and the 2.3GHz-2.4GHz range, mooted for use by FWA applications. The regulator is also considering using the GSM-R (GSM-Railway) 876MHz—880MHz (uplink) and 921MHz—925MHz (downlink) band to provide communications on a new regional rail link, to be decided on in 2011, which could be operational in 2017. In the meantime construction on the causeway that will link Qatar with Bahrain is expected to start by the first quarter of 2010, which could also be a candidate for using the GSM-R spectrum. The TRA is asking for comments on the plan to be submitted by 14 February 2010.