BIPT sets out plans for opening up 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands

15 Aug 2011

With the European Commission (EC) having called on member states to introduce technology neutrality for the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands by the end of 2011, the Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT) has launched a consultation on proposals that will open up the bands in questions for use with UMTS and Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. The regulator’s proposals include a number of measures designed to ensure that neighbouring networks do not interfere with one another, and while it said it did not envisage any compatibility problems with existing aircraft systems and the use of LTE in the 900MHz band, it noted that it aimed to ensure that any future deployment of aviation systems remains compatible with the use of the 4G technology in the band in question. Interested parties have now been given until 1 October 2011 to submit any feedback on the proposals.