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DEA consults on a draft auction for 700MHz, 900MHz and 2300MHz airwaves

9 Mar 2018

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA, or Energistyrelsen) has opened a consultation on a draft auction document for the sale of spectrum in the 700MHz, 900MHz and 2300MHz bands. The DEA has invited comments on the document by 9 April 2018, at which date it will hold a hearing on the auction rules, design and terms and conditions for the spectrum allocation. The DEA will award the nationwide spectrum authorisations on a service and technology neutral basis in 2018.

TeleGeography notes that the government has pledged to free up additional spectrum for wireless broadband services in order to ensure that all Danes have access to high speed internet access by 2020. In 2014 telecoms regulator Erhvervsstyrelsen completed a study of the future spectrum requirements for TV broadcasting and the possibility of reserving the 700MHz frequency band for mobile broadband services by 2020. The report claimed that there would be an economic gain of between DKK2.5 and DKK4 billion (USD361.5 million and USD578.5 million) in the period 2020-2030 if the 700MHz band was used for mobile broadband.

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