Royal decree kick-starts release of 700MHz band in Spain

13 Mar 2019

A royal decree has reportedly been signed in Spain, as the government seeks to kick-start the release of spectrum in the 5G-suitable 694MHz-790MHz (‘700MHz’) band. Officials wanted the Plan Tecnico Nacional de la Television Digital Terrestre (National Technical Plan of Digital Terrestrial Television) rubber-stamped before the pending dissolution of the government – which will take place ahead of the general election on 29 April.

The spectrum – referred to as the ‘second digital dividend band’ – is currently utilised for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services but will be freed up by March 2020. Late last year officials revealed that the auction of 700MHz spectrum would now take place in early 2020, rather than in the first quarter of 2019, as previously suggested.