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Cyprus Talks | Radio Frequency Changes Benefit South

Cyprus Talks | Radio Frequency Changes Benefit SouthAs part of the Confidence Building Measures (CBM) in the Cyprus Talks 5-Step Plan, there are plans to prevent radio frequency interferences. The head of the south’s Electronic Communications Department, Giorgos Komodromou,  explained that negotiations could lead to freeing up the 800 megahertz (MHz) band that, according to an EU directive should be strictly reserved for mobile networks.

“If the band becomes available we can licence its use to mobile providers, which in turn will boost signals significantly in rural areas. With the recent introduction of 4G technology, mobile providers can greatly benefit from using this band.”

In order for the 800MHz to be freed, the north’s rural analogue technology television stations must broadcast on the same digital frequencies as the remainder of television stations. On January 2013 an EU directive ordered all member-states to reserve the 800MHz band for wireless broadband services alone. With the north changing their TV stations to digital, any interference would be removed allowing the south to capitalise on the digital revolution there.

But what advantages would there be for the north, in the short run? These would only exist if the north was to duplicate the south’s digital modernisation programme. So far there seems to have been little effort in that direction, as on many issues.

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