UAE TRA to allocate new bands
, May 22, 2013
The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced its band plan for 700 MHz and the release of spectrum in the 800 MHz band for mobile broadband services.
The TRA believes that allocating these bands to mobile broadband with the equivalent global device ecosystems will best serve the UAE public interest, driving down costs and minimising interference along borders.
By combining the 800 MHz band plan for Europe, Middle East and Africa with the lower duplexer (2 X 30 MHz) – as a baseline - of the Asia Pacific (APT) 700 MHz band, UAE will be the first country in the ITU Region 1 to reap the benefits of both bands, which will support affordable network rollout, benefiting more of the population with mobile broadband connectivity and be utilised for public protection and disaster relief applications, a statement said.
Majed Al Mesmar, deputy director general for telecommunications sector, said: “By maximising the spectrum for mobile broadband in harmony with the growing economies of scale for both bands, the TRA decision will enable nearly global interoperability and roaming.”
The decision today confirms the UAE TRA’s leadership in allocating harmonised spectrum to mobile services and will ultimately encourage long-term investment and socio-economic growth in the UAE and across the region. - TradeArabia News Service