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The GSMA has welcomed the United Arab Emirates’ move to allocate the 700MHz and 800MHz (the Digital Dividend) spectrum bands to mobile, maximising spectrum harmonisation within the region and globally.



“The mobile broadband market in the Arab States is set to increase by 255 per cent by 2017 to 142 million connections, with the potential to generate US$108 billion in GDP between 2015 and 2025. With such clear economic benefits, we hope other markets will follow quickly with similar decisions,” says the GSMA’s Tom Phillips.


Combining the 800MHz band plan for Europe, Middle East and Africa with the lower portion of the Asia Pacific (APT) 700MHz band is a significant step forward. Spectrum harmonisation delivers multiple advantages, including generating much-needed economies of scale, facilitating near-global roaming and limiting interference along borders. This will ultimately provide a broader choice of devices and more affordable mobile broadband services to the citizens of the UAE and across the Arab States.


The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has announced its band plan for 700 MHz and the release of spectrum in the 800 MHz band for mobile broadband services. It believes allocating these bands to mobile broadband with the equivalent global device ecosystems will best serve the UAE, 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.


H.E. Majed Al Mesmar Deputy Director General for telecommunications Sector says: “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 UAE is predicting a rising demand for global harmonization of the APT 700 MHz band benefiting in the growing ecosystem of devices from Asia Pacific across the Middle East and Africa, through to Latin America. With mobile voice penetration already high in the UAE, future growth will depend on the development of mobile broadband. In order to achieve this, mobile operators will need to have access to additional spectrum, which should be released in a globally harmonised way.

By Angela Sutherland


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