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Malta Changes Assignment Process for the 1.5 GHz Band


The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) published an amended decision on “The assignment process for the 1.5 GHz band (1427-1517 MHz band) for terrestrial systems capable of providing electronic communications services in Malta”.

The aim of this Decision is to establish the assignment process that will be adopted in respect to the 1.5 GHz band together with the conditions that will be attached to the resulting rights of use. In line with the National Frequency Plan and the Commission Decision, the MCA is making 18 lots across the entire 1.5 GHz band available for assignment. It should be noted that a single lot consists of an individual slot of unpaired 5 MHz bandwidth.

Following the adoption of the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/750 as amended by Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/661, the MCA, through the National Frequency Plan, designated the 1.5 GHz frequency band to be used by terrestrial systems capable of providing electronic communication services in compliance with the technical parameters set out in the mentioned Commission Implementing Decision.

This Decision, made the 1.5 GHz band available for wireless broadband supplemental downlink (WBB SDL) services. In order to complement with the 1.5 GHz band harmonisation measures, the MCA issues this Decision governing the assignment and management approach for the 1.5 GHz band. Such a measure is in line with the National Frequency Plan, adopted and published in accordance with the Electronic Communications (Regulation) Act.

Following the publication of the Decision on the assignment process for the 1.5 GHz band, the MCA depending on the market demand shall assign the right of use for the said spectrum on a nonexclusive basis, without prejudice to other measures at law.

The official document is available here.

The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.

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