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Allocation of LTE Frequencies in France
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ARCEP Invites All Parties Interested in Being Awarded Spectrum in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz Frequency Bands to Submit Their Applications.

The French regulator (ARCEP) has invited applicants to participate in the planned auction for digital dividend spectrum in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands. The deadlines for submitting applications have been set for 15 September 2011 for 2.6 GHz and 15 December 2011 for 800 MHz frequency bands. ARCEP expects to award the 2.6 GHz and 800 MHz licences in the third quarter of 2011 and in early 2012 respectively.

The Prime Minister has assigned digital dividend spectrum in the 800 MHz frequency band and spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band to mobile services, with a view to deploying ultra high-speed mobile (4G) networks.

On 31st May 2011, ARCEP adopted decisions containing proposals to the Minister responsible for electronic communications on the terms and methods to be used for these spectrum allocations. It is based on these proposals that calls for applications for spectrum awards in these two frequencies were issued through an order from the Minister responsible for Industry, and published in the Journal officiel today.

The deadline set for submitting applications to ARCEP are: 12 p.m. on 15th September 2011 for the 2.6 GHz band, and 12 p.m. on 15th December 2011 for the 800 MHz band. The Authority will be allocating 2.6 GHz-band spectrum in autumn 2011 and 800 MHz-band spectrum in early 2012.

Coming to complete the national optical fibre rollout programme, the deployment of fourth-generation cellular networks will enable the entire population to gain ultra high-speed access to the mobile Internet.