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'Netherlands considers making spectrum technology-neutral'
[August 04, 2009]

'Netherlands considers making spectrum technology-neutral'

Aug 04, 2009 (DMEUROPE via COMTEX) -- The Dutch ministry of economic affairs is considering offering the frequencies for wireless communications on a technology-neutral basis.

Should the ministry indeed decide to make frequencies technology-neutral, all GSM frequencies that are set to expire in 2013 can then be used for any wireless technology. The frequencies that are set to become available are the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2 GHz, and 3.5 GHz.

Currently, these frequencies can only be used for GSM, UMTS, and wireless local loop (WLL) services. Furthermore, the ministry plans to auction the 2.6 GHz spectrum next year, and will also re-allocate the UMTS-spectrum that previously was allocated to Telfort. KPN recently returned some of the spectrum of subsidiary Telfort, as it was being unused.

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