Arcep to consult operators on 1800MHz refarming

5 Feb 2013

According to local press reports, French telecoms regulator Arcep will consult with operators on 7 February on the issue of refarming spectrum in the 1800MHz band so that it can be used for 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services, rather than the 2G GSM services for which it is currently used. The watchdog is expected to publish a decision on the matter by the end of March. Bouygues Telecom is known to be a strong advocate of the proposal, as the company has a surplus of 2G capacity. However, rival operators Orange, SFR and Free are understood to be opposed the idea.