The way is open for 5G networks in Greece

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The way for the development in our country of the fifth generation telecommunication networks (5G), the signing of the Joint Ministerial Decision (JMD) by the Minister of Digital Government Kyriakos Pierrakakis and the Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister Stelios Petsas for the new “Frequency Digital Map” broadband TV signal.

The new Frequency Map, coordinated by the General Secretariat for Telecommunications and Posts of the Ministry of Digital Governance, concludes preparations for mobile and 5G networks of the 700 MHz spectrum, currently used by the terrestrial network. digital television.

The new Charter is the result of a complex technical and legal process, the completion of which required, among other things, the coordination of actions with our neighbouring countries, but also ensuring the smooth operation of communications infrastructure used by the Armed Forces.

The process of drafting the new Frequency Map has also taken into account the slightest possible inconvenience to citizens, who will ultimately not need to purchase new TV receivers or decoders. By activating the settings of the new Frequency Map, you will simply be required to re-tune the receivers.

Following the publication of the new Frequency Map in the Government Gazette, in the near future, the National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) may proceed with its planning for the auction of the 700 MHz spectrum for the development of 5G networks in our country. based on the provisions of the relevant Community directives.

What is the Frequency Map?

The Frequency Map is a regulatory text that includes the technical details for the terrestrial digital broadband (ie the terrestrial digital television provided in Greece by ERT and DIGEA). The Map includes settings such as broadcast specifications, broadcast centres, coverage areas and radio channels broadcast by each broadcast centre.

What was going on until today?

The Joint Ministerial Decision 42800/2012 that was issued in view of the transition from analogue to digital television was the Frequency Charter until 2018. In this Charter, small-scale corrections were made to the Joint Ministerial Decision 14879/2018.

Why do we need a New Map?

According to the 2017/899 decision of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2017, the 700 MHz spectral range used by digital television will be allocated for the development of broadband electronic services by 5G networks. This process is also known as Digital Dividend 2. The new Frequency Map, compiled under the coordination of the General Secretariat of Telecommunications and Posts of the Ministry of Digital Government, redistributes the remaining range for use by terrestrial digital television and defines the necessary.

Why were the 700 MHz bands chosen for 5G networks?

As clearly stated in Decision 2017/899, “the 700 MHz radio frequency band offers both additional capacity and universal coverage, especially for rural, mountainous and island areas, as well as other remote areas facing financial problems, which have been pre-determined accordingly. with areas of national priority, including along important land transport routes and for indoor use and for a wide range of communications between machines ”.

What does the new Map for ERT and DIGEA signify?

With the publication of the new Map in the Government Gazette, the two broadband providers will implement the necessary changes to their networks. It is pointed out that the two providers have given their consent for the specific modifications.

What will happen to telecommunications providers?

The new Frequency Map is the main regulatory text so that EETT can proceed with the auction of the spectrum in the zone of 700 MHz for the development of new 5G networks in our country. The new Frequency Map is directly linked to the development of a favourable environment for the development of electronic communications networks and services.

How was the new Frequency Map completed?

The formation of the new Frequency Map is the result of a complex legal and technical process, which required, among other things:

* Consultation with the providers of terrestrial digital broadband networks in order to ensure the smooth operation of terrestrial digital television.

* Implementation of a relevant study by the National Technical University of Athens, which provided consulting services to the General Secretariat of Telecommunications and Posts of the Ministry of Digital Government, regarding the structure of terrestrial digital television broadband networks.

* Formulation of opinion by EETT.

* Amendment of the National Frequency Zone Distribution Regulation, in order to ensure the smooth operation of the communication systems used by the armed forces.

* Bilateral and multilateral agreements of Greece with neighbouring countries, in order to ensure the smooth operation of the networks after the activation of the new Frequency Map.

Should the citizen be provided with new equipment?

With the publication of the new Frequency Map, the broadcast frequencies of terrestrial digital television are redistributed. In practice, this means that citizens will only need to reconfigure their TV set. This process will only need to be done once when the settings included in the new Frequency Map are activated. Citizens will be informed in a timely manner.

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