The 2,6 GHz FDD-band (band 7) has a bandwidth of 2x70 MHz and consists of 14 paired 5 MHz frequency blocks:
The 2.6 GHz band comprises the 2500–2690 MHz range.
The frequency band was assigned as part of the F4/08 award in 2010. Licences are set to expire on 31 December 2026. To avoid any disruptive effects, timely reassignment is to be pursued before these licences expire. Currently, this spectrum tends to be used in urban areas.
To avoid disruptive effects, every effort should be made to award this spectrum before the expiry of the existing licences at the end of 2026. In the past, a lead time of one to two years has proven appropriate. As stated, the regulatory authority is contemplating the option of assigning the entire band as a TDD band. A fundamental goal of spectrum award is to ensure its most efficient usage. The regulatory authority considers long-term TDD usage to be more appropriate for furthering this goal than the current mixed FDD/TDD usage with the guard bands needed for this configuration. The current spectrum agreements with neighbouring countries are based on the FDD/TDD usage scenario, which underlay the award conditions in 2010. TDD usage is already possible in border areas where protection for FDD systems in spectrum sub-ranges can be assured. Any usage restrictions would continue to apply until the signing of amended agreements on the basis of recent technological advances. Depending on the transition date to TDD, a longer lead time may be needed for re-planning the band. Where requested by market participants, an earlier award procedure may therefore be conceivable, linked to voluntary transition at an earlier date. However, the award date cannot be considered in relation to this band in isolation but must be decided in the context of the other award procedures.
At the moment, the frequency band consists of paired spectrum (FDD usage) and unpaired spectrum in the middle of the band (TDD usage):
The following figure shows the current allocation for the paired frequency band:
Hutchison 3G*: License holder formerly Orange Austria, now Hutchison Drei Austria GmbH
The frequency-related technical conditions for the use of the 2.5-2.69 GHz frequency band have been defined in a Decision of the European Commission on June 13th, 2008. The Commission decision is based on "block edge masks", that is, masks for maximum e.i.r.p. within and outside of an assigned block are defined for a base station. The specific limits can be found in the annex to the Commission's decision.
The following procedures and consultations regarding this frequency range have been carried out:
Last update: January 24, 2013