Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment
National Broadband Plan: Discussion (Resumed)
Mr. Martin List-Petersen:
There is another item. Regarding the 3.5 GHz licensed spectrum, before the auctioning off of the spectrum so the change ran parallel to the start of the NBP procurement process, each provider could apply for a 20 km radius - a chunk of Ireland. They would buy them in the areas they were serving. Obviously, a regional provider will only serve a part of Ireland. With the change of licensing of that spectrum, all the providers that had been using 3.5 GHz spectrum were basically booted out of that spectrum and forced to move to unlicensed spectrum because it was not affordable for them to buy a nationwide spectrum block.