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French regulator defines rules to clear 1.5 GHz band for 5G 

June 13, 2019


French telecommunications regulator Arcep has announced new rules supporting its plan to clear the 1.5 GHz band (1427–1517 MHz) for the future provision of 5G services.

Known as the L-band, this spectrum band is currently being used for point-to-point backhaul links on public and professional mobile networks, while also being exploited by the Interior and Defense ministries.

A consultation on the spectrum release was published in July 2018 recommending that licenses in this band for fixed service point-to-point (microwave) links could not extend beyond 2022. The objective set at the European level is to make it available for mobile networks by 2023.

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