PTD opens consultation on E-GSM band

29 Sep 2017

The Post and Telecommunications Department (PTD) of Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) has published a consultation paper on the allocation and use of spectrum in the E-GSM band. In its spectrum roadmap, the regulator had noted that two 2×5MHz blocks of spectrum was left unallocated at 880MHz-890MHz/925MHz-935MHz. Due to ‘a history of reported interference’ in the band, the watchdog said it would consider granting short-term authorisations to interested parties to conduct technical trials in the band. To-date the PTD has issued two such permissions – first to Telenor Myanmar and then to Ooredoo Myanmar – both for six months, at a cost of USD2 million and granting use of a 2×2.5MHz block.

The consultation document requests input from stakeholders on a number of topics, most notably the amount of spectrum that should be made available. Whilst 2×10MHz is currently allocated, the PTD set out several different options for guard bands and believes the best option would leave 2×7.5MHz available to operators. The PTD also sought feedback on the preferred method for allocating the frequencies – the regulator having made use of direct allocation and auction methods within the last twelve months – as well as pricing and proposed band plans for the 900MHz range including the E-GSM band.