Trifecta of European Carriers Push 1800MHz for LTE
May 20, 2011, 7:58 AM by Eric M. Zeman
updated May 20, 2011, 8:15 AM
At the LTE World Summit event this week, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, and TeliaSonera called upon all European wireless networks operators, as well as handset manufacturers, to use only 1800MHz spectrum for Long Term Evolution. Last month, the European Commission voted on legislation that would require local European governments to allow wireless network operators to offer 4G services, such as Long Term Evolution or WiMax, on the 900/1800MHz bands. The Commission wants to refarm the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands to support GSM, EDGE, and now LTE/WiMax. Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom and TeliaSonera propose that 900MHz be reserved for 3G services only, and 1800MHz be used for 4G/LTE services only. "1800MHz is the most promising spectrum band for LTE for coverage and capacity," said Tommy Ljundggren, VP system development, mobility services, at TeliaSonera. Some operators are already using 800MHz and 2.6GHz for LTE services. The outcome of this debate in Europe will eventually affect how all GSM-based devices are made, what networking technologies they support, and in which bands.
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