Austria to allocate 700MHz spectrum for mobile use from 2020

11 Aug 2015

The Austrian government expects to free up spectrum in the 700MHz band (694MHz to 790MHz) for mobile telephony use by 2020, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) has revealed. A statement signed by infrastructure minister Alois Stoeger asserts that the move will ‘strengthen broadband penetration in Austria’, adding that by reaching an early decision regarding the band’s usage, the government will be able to help the country’s cellcos and broadcasters plan ahead.

Widely referred to in Europe as the ‘second digital dividend’ – after 800MHz spectrum – the 700MHz band was auctioned in neighbouring Germany in May this year, while the French authorities inaugurated their own 700MHz spectrum sale last week. For its part, UK telecoms regulator Ofcom does not expect to auction off the frequencies until 2022.