Interest solicited for GSM-1800 spectrum, to be used for future 4G

24 Mar 2011

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has released an invitation for expressions of interest in 30MHz of mobile spectrum in the 1800MHz band to be available for temporary release for a period of six months, extendable for further periods of two months duration. The available spectrum includes the following band segments, which have been packaged into three 2×5MHz paired sub-bands (uplink, downlink): 1750MHz-1755MHz, 1845MHz-1850MHz; 1755MHz-1760MHz, 1850MHz-1855MHz; and 1780MHz-1785MHz, 1875MHz-1880MHz. It is intended that this spectrum will be included in a future tender for full mobile licences, which together with additional spectrum (yet to be decided) should be capable of facilitating advanced, fourth-generation mobile systems such as Long Term Evolution (LTE). Therefore the current planned release of unallocated spectrum will be on a temporary basis only. The deadline for responses is 21 April 2011.