Ireland's Radio Frequency Spectrum Available for Test and Trial

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U.S. companies invited to test & trial wireless communications using Ireland's radio spectrum.

Ireland's radio spectrum regulatory agency, the Commission for Communications Regulations (ComReg) is promoting Ireland's radio spectrum as a test-bed to companies and organizations who wish to test and trial wireless projects across all spectrum ranges.

Ireland is particularly suited as a wireless testing environment as it has a wide range of clean radio frequencies available for test and trial. This unique advantage stems from Ireland's low use of spectrum for defense purposes, its geography, as an island Ireland is relatively free of radio spectrum interference from other countries, and Ireland's relatively low population density. This means that organizations can test and trial wireless devices in almost any part of Ireland's radio spectrum, including highly valued spectrum bands such as the 700 MHz band.

Ireland supports a dynamic wireless sector with a mobile penetration rate at 117%. Over the coming year ComReg is taking further steps to support this sector and plans to release additional radio spectrum to the market.
UHF band - This band is suitable for mobile TV.
900 MHz and 2300 MHz - These bands are suitable for mobile communications services via technologies such as GSM, 3G, LTE, WiMAX etc.

Over a longer timeframe, ComReg is investigating the release of spectrum in other bands. Investigations are currently focused on the 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands, all potentially suitable for mobile communications services.

"Ireland's radio spectrum test-bed presents a unique opportunity for companies in the U.S. to test and trial innovative wireless products. Tests can be carried out in almost any part of Ireland's radio spectrum so products and services can be tested for the North American, European, and Worldwide markets" said Alex Chisholm, Commissioner, ComReg.

"The use of Ireland's radio spectrum as a test-bed is a unique opportunity for companies who want to test, trial or launch wireless services. With the growth of 4G and next generation services worldwide, this programme is a valuable resource that promotes the development of world-class technology" said David Smith, SVP for Telecoms, Enterprise Ireland.

The fee for a test license is 200 Euro (approx $298) for a year; a trial license, which also includes the opportunity to garner customer feedback, costs 500 Euro (approx $747) for a year. Both licences can be obtained in as little as 10 days.

About ComReg (http://www.comreg.ie)
The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) was established in 2002 and it is responsible for the regulation of Ireland's electronic communications sector. Its mission is to enable the development of a sustainable, competitive and dynamic communications sector in Ireland and empower consumers to make informed choices.

About Test & Trial Ireland (http://www.testandtrial.ie)
In 2005, the ComReg launched Ireland's Test & Trial Licensing Programme - Test & Trial Ireland. Test & Trial Ireland allows the test or trial of wireless communications devices in Ireland and it has been specifically designed to support the needs of the research and development community.

Issued By

Tom Butler
Public Affairs Manager,
ComReg, Ireland
Tel:     +353 1 804 9639
Mobile:     +353 87 2536358
tom.butler(at)comreg(dot)ie

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