Spain’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation (Ministerio de Asuntos Economicos y Transformacion Digital, MINECO) has reorganised the spectrum in the 3400MHz-3800MHz (3.5GHz) band assigned to the country’s cellcos. The watchdog explained: ‘The main objective of the reorganisation is to facilitate a more efficient deployment of 5G wireless broadband services, take advantage of all the possibilities provided by 5G technology and, ultimately, reduce the costs of deploying mobile communications networks in this band.’

Post-reorganisation, a 20MHz block (3400MHz-3420MHz) has been preserved as a guard band, with allocation of the remaining frequencies is as follows:

· Xfera Moviles (Grupo MASMOVIL, 80MHz): 3420MHz-3500MHz

· Telefonica de Espana (40MHz)/Telefonica Moviles Espana (60MHz): 3500MHz-3600MHz

· Orange Espana (110MHz): 3600MHz-3710MHz

· Vodafone Spain (90MHz): 3710MHz-3800MHz

As part of the process, all companies using 700MHz/800MHz telecoms licences have guaranteed that their respective electronic communications services will not interfere with digital terrestrial television (DTT) operators using frequencies in the 470MHz-694MHz range.

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