I've been wondering for a long time when 3GPP would finally define the band for the European digital dividend, i.e. spectrum between 790 and 862 MHz. Looks like they've finally done it: With v9.2.0 of TS 36.301, released at the End of December 2009, Band 20 with 791 – 821 MHz in downlink and 832 to 862 MHz in uplink now covers that area.
Interesting detail: The downlink is in the lower range. I assume that was done to keep the UEs uplink transmissions as far away as possible from the spectrum still used by TV. Anyone got more inside on this?
With the spectrum auction in Germany about to start, it's about time!