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The 700 MHz band
A new harmonised frequency band for LTE?

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Table Of Contents

Spectrum Insight - The 700Mhz band
Contents

1. Key findings 5

2. 700 MHz band: what is at stake? 8
2.1. First and second Digital Dividends 8
2.2. Main outcome of the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) 9
2.3. 700 MHz band plans for mobile broadband and international implementation 10
2.3.1. The 700 MHz band worldwide 10
2.3.2. Standardisation (3GPP) 11
2.3.3. 700 MHz status in Asia-Pacific 11
2.3.4. Status of 700 MHz in North America 15
2.3.5. 700 MHz status in Latin America 16
2.3.6. 700 MHz status in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) 17
2.4. Remaining issues: importance of technical parameters 21
2.4.1. Why technical conditions for use of the 700 MHz band are important 21
2.4.2. What applications for the duplex gap? 22
2.4.3. An harmonised time table in Europe is necessary - Expected timeTables 22

3. Public safety networks in 700 MHz band 23
3.1. Public authority decisions 24
3.1.1. BTOP projects 24
3.1.2. NPSBN funding 24
3.2. Latest field and laboratory tests 25
3.2.1. Interoperability test 25
3.2.2. VoLTE service test 25

4. 600 MHz incentive auctions in USA 26
4.1. 600 MHz incentive auctions in USA 26
4.1.1. Objectives 26
4.1.2. Auction design 26
4.1.3. Incentive auction history 29
4.2. US operators plans for 600 MHz mobile broadband 30
4.2.1. T-Mobile and Sprint Nextel 30
4.2.2. Verizon Wireless and ATandT Mobility 31
4.2.3. DoJ view 31

5. Annex: status of 800 MHz band in Europe 32



Tables

Table 1: First and second Digital Dividends, worldwide 5
Table 2: Main frequency bands for mobile broadband below 900 MHz - FDD mode 6
Table 3: First and second Digital Dividends, worldwide 8
Table 4: Status of the 700 MHz band (May 2013) 10
Table 5: 3GPP standard bands for the APT700 MHz band 11
Table 6: APT 700 MHz plan - adoption in Asia-Pacific 12
Table 7: 700 MHz (First Digital Dividend) timetable in North America 15
Table 8: 700 MHz APT plan - adoption in Latin America 16
Table 9: Middle East and Africa 700 MHz plans 19
Table 10: Main frequency bands for mobile broadband below 900 MHz - FDD mode 21
Table 11: Digital Dividend timetable in Europe (May 2013) 32



Figures

Figure 1: Possible implementation of 2 x 30 MHz FDD band in 700 MHz (lower duplexer) 6
Figure 2: Mobile allocations below 1 GHz 8
Figure 3: Second Digital Dividend in Europe, Africa and the Middle East 9
Figure 4: Configuration of the 700 MHz band in Asia-Pacific (APT plan) 11
Figure 5: 700 MHz band plan in Australia 13
Figure 6: Harmonised TDD version of the APT 700 MHz plan 13
Figure 7: 700 MHz band in Japan 14
Figure 8: 700 MHz band plan in the USA 15
Figure 9: Overlap between the 700 MHz APT band plan and the 800 MHz band 17
Figure 10: Possible implementation of 2 x 30 MHz FDD band in the 700 MHz (lower duplexer) 17
Figure 11: Use of APT band plans in Europe - SFR options 18
Figure 12: Future Egyptian 700 and 800 MHz plans 20
Figure 13: Broadband spectrum for public safety in USA 23
Figure 14: Design of incentive auctions 26
Figure 15: Reverse auction 27
Figure 16: Forward auction 27
Figure 17: Expected FCC 600 MHz plan 28
Figure 18: FCC proposals for 600 MHz spectrum band plan 28
Figure 19: FCC 600 MHz plan 29
Figure 20: T-Mobile 600 MHz plan 30
Figure 21: Low-frequency distribution in the US 31

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