France’s 700MHz auction expected in 2015

3 Oct 2014

French president Francois Hollande has reportedly announced that telecoms regulator the Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep) will initiate the process of auctioning frequencies in the 700MHz band for telecoms services in 2015, Advanced Television reports. Addressing previously expressed concerns of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) broadcasters that the allocation would interfere with the plans to migrate the DTT platform to MPEG-4 AVC by 2015 and DVB-T2 by 2023, President Hollande said that France needed an audiovisual sector that could broadcast broadly, effectively and securely, adding: ‘This is the objective of transferring the 700MHz band to the telecom sector. The state will ensure that the available resources are guaranteed for broadcasting’.

As such, Arcep is expected to launch a tender for the 700MHz spectrum band in November 2015, with projections that the auction could generate up to EUR3 billion (USD3.8 billion) for the treasury.

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