Croatia’s 2GHz band now technology neutral

24 Feb 2015

The Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM) has adopted a new framework which will offer mobile operators more flexibility in the use of their 2GHz band wireless spectrum. The watchdog says paired frequencies in the 1920-1980/2110-2170MHz bands are now technology neutral, meaning they can be used for 3G UMTS or 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services. The country’s three cellcos – T-Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT, formerly T-Mobile Croatia), VIPnet and Tele2 Croatia – all hold 2GHz spectrum which they currently use for 3G/3.5G networks, while T-HT and VIPnet both utilise the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands for their LTE networks.

Separately, HAKOM has amended legislation to allow for more efficient planning of higher capacity microwave links in bands such as 18GHz and 23GHz.