EU orders digital TV out of 700MHz spectrum by 2020 to make way for 5G services reports that the European Commission (EC) has announced plans to clear digital TV spectrum holdings in the 700MHz range by2020 to make way for 5G services.

The decision followed recommendations from a report in September 2014 which said that the valuable 694-790MHz spectrum should be given over to mobile data services.

The band is currently used for digital TV services, such as in the UK, but the EC wants to move these to the 470-694MHz band.

The initial report said that this switch in spectrum must take place by 2020 but with a two-year grace period to help broadcasters manage the move in a timely way.

However, the new EC proposals have given a hard date of 2020, which Günther Oettinger, commissioner for the digital economy and society, explained is necessary to ensure that Europe is at the forefront of 5G technologies.

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