Arcep to award 3.5GHz spectrum for temporary use in Saint-Martin and St Barthelemy

13 Dec 2017

French telecoms regulator Arcep has launched a public consultation on its plans to allocate frequencies in the 3.5GHz band to restore fixed broadband access in the French overseas territories of Saint-Martin and St Barthelemy, which were affected by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The regulator noted that the decision to award 40MHz in the 3400MHz-3600MHz band (3410MHz-3450MHz) was taken after Orange Caraibe requested the allocation of additional spectrum in Saint-Martin and St Barthelemy as a temporary solution. The regulator said that the 40MHz blocks – to be used for the provision of fixed-wireless LTE services – will be valid until 30 June 2020. All interested parties are invited to submit their comments by 15 December.

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