EU sets aside 700-MHz band for 5G

January 01, 2017 // By Peter Clarke
The European Union has agreed on the coordinated use of the 700nMHz band (694 MHz to 790 MHz) for 5G communications as of 2020.

Negotiators from the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission have reached political agreement on an EU-wide approach for the use of the ultra-high frequency (UHF) band (470-790 MHz) including the 700 MHz band.

In general, the lower frequencies will continue to be used for digital terrestrial television and for wireless microphones for special events. The parties have agreed the 700-MHz band should be given to mobile operators and made available for wireless broadband use by 30 June 2020.

"The coordinated release of the 700 MHz band is major leap forward on the Union's path to 5G," said Guether Oettinger, European Commissioner for the digital economy and society, said in a statement from the European Commission.