RTR to permit cellcos to refarm 2G frequencies for 3G, 4G

30 Jul 2014

At a meeting held on 28 July, Austria’s Rundfunk & Telekom Regulierungs (RTR or Regulatory Authority for Telecoms and Broadcasting), approved plans for the country’s three wireless operators – A1 Telekom Austria, T-Mobile Austria and Hutchison Drei Austria – to refarm their existing spectrum in the GSM range (900MHz/1800MHz) for 3G and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) use.

RTR CEO Johannes Gungl commented: ‘All three mobile operators will benefit from the liberalisation of the 900MHz and 1800MHz frequency bands. Due to this reclassification they can use a significantly larger proportion of their existing spectrum for the provision of broadband services via UMTS and LTE. The usable [proportion] of broadband wireless spectrum will increase from 59% to almost 90%’.