The ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) in Geneva has approved the decision to assign the 694-790 MHz frequency band in ITU Region-1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia) for mobile broadband.
Provisions adopted by WRC-15 have been designed to offer protection to television broadcasting, as well as to the aeronautical radionavigation systems operating in this frequency band, specifically in countries of the Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC).
“The WRC-15 decision represents a landmark in the development of broadband mobile on a worldwide scale, regardless of location, network or terminal used,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “It goes a long way in enabling bridging of the digital divide, while fully protecting the other services currently operated in the band.”
Broadcasters have been understandably nervous at the encroachment into terrestrial TV frequencies by the telcos.