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Irish regulator awards smart grid licences in 400 MHz band

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Irish regulator ComReg announced results of the auction for award of frequencies in the 400 MHz band. These are intended for Smart Grids. The award process resulted in one winning bidder ESB Networks DAC.

The spectrum was offered in two parts:

  1. 2×3 MHz lot (410-413 MHz/ 420-423 MHz) for the provision of wireless communication for Smart Grids; and
  2. Ten lots of 2×100 kHz on a technology and service neutral basis. These lots may be used to support Smart Grid, or for a range of other uses including Business Radio type applications.

ESB Networks DAC won one lot in the Part A and ten lots in the Part B. It will pay €1.1m, comprising 320,000 in upfront spectrum access fees and 780,000 in spectrum usage fees which will be paid over the 15-year duration of the licences.

Smart Grids have been identified as a key enabler in the reduction of climate emissions and to reduce the effects of climate change by international bodies such as the United Nations and the International Telecommunications Union, and are referenced in the following Government documents:

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