ABOU DHABI, October 6, 2021 (WAM) – The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) has announced the publication of a public consultation to obtain the views of stakeholders in the telecommunications sector on its related activities considering the spectrum allocation for IMT applications in certain frequency bands, namely the UHF and 3.8 – 4.2 GHz bands and the 6 GHz band.
Based on the cooperation with stakeholders, the results of the consultation and the analysis of responses, TDRA will update the section on current and future uses of IMT in the Spectrum Future Foresight 2020-2025 document, and develop a vision on the UAE’s guidance regarding the uses of these bands. .
Commenting on the consultation, Eng. Tariq Al Awadhi, Executive Director of Spectrum Affairs, said: “In line with TDRA’s vision ‘The United Arab Emirates is a world leading country in ICT’, TDRA continues its efforts to align the allocation of spectrum on market needs proactively. To this end, TDRA has prepared this consultation to invite ICT stakeholders in the world in general, and the United Arab Emirates in particular, to give their views on the allocation of certain key frequency bands in light of the growing demand for innovative wireless services such as 5G and WiFi6e, with the aim of facilitating obtaining the appropriate spectrum resources for wireless networks, maintaining sustainable and continuous growth and expanding the use of new wireless services.
Al Awadhi stressed that this consultation is part of TDRA’s efforts to implement the principles of transparency, fairness and openness in relations with customers, partners and other stakeholders.
The consultation posed a series of expert questions on the 470-694 MHz band, which was previously used in terrestrial television broadcasts, the future of this band in light of changing viewing habits for terrestrial television broadcasts. in the United Arab Emirates, and the need to review the efficient use of this spectrum. He also discussed the long-term options for its use with new wireless technologies.
The consultation also included discussion and consultation points on the 3800-4200 MHz band, which is primarily used in fixed satellite services in certain geographic areas of the UAE and on certain frequencies within the band. The consultation confirmed that based on recent discussions in the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG) meeting, the 3.8 GHz to 4.2 GHz band is a potential band for possible new innovative applications, being given the potential of this range to be used more efficiently in view of the services provided.
This consultation allowed stakeholders to discuss any additional issues related to spectrum resources, presenting their views as well as recommendations on how to resolve these issues.