Project title: WIMAX and UMTS in the 2,6 GHz band
Client: Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
Publication date: September 2007
Complete document: PDF, 1191kB (Dutch) PDF


The 2,6 GHz frequency space will be intended for mobile communication as of 2008 and will be assigned technology neutral. For distributing the licenses the first option is an auction. The intention is to make nation-wide licenses for mobile communication available tot the market in 2008. These licenses come with certain conditions, which are mainly included to make sure that the licensed frequency spectrum is actually utilized for services. On the other hand such conditions should not lead to unnecessary (financial) barriers, which could risk interest for the licenses. Conditions that are considered are a roll-out obligation and a limited duration of the license. The technology neutral design of the auction makes it possible for interested commercial parties to have a significantly larger variation of use in comparison with past licensing. Based on market consultation it is possible to derive that the most probable applications for the frequency space are UMTS and WIMAX, although some other technologies were also mentioned.

The context for the licensing process has been set in the government bill 'frequency policy 2005', a market consultation and research on frequencies. These documents are available at the website of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Based on this, the Ministry set up a concept of intended policy for the licensing process.


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