5G spectrum auction consultation in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Communications Authority (CA) conducts two award consultations for an upcoming 5g spectrum auction. CA plans to award frequencies in the bands 600 MHz and 700 MHz. Besides, they also want to reassign spectrum in the band 850 MHz. The regulator organises the consultations together with the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (SCED).

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Only Vodafone Ireland happy with the auction format

In Ireland, the consultation on the proposed draft multi-band auction regulations continues. The regulator ComReg published the non-confidential versions of the comments on its website. The only MNO who agrees with the proposed 5G auction format is Vodafone Ireland. The other three would like to see a different format.

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BIPT awards temporary 5G licences

Belgian regulator BIPT awarded temporary 5G licences in the 3600-3800 MHz band to five operators. Orange Belgium, Telenet Group, Cegeka, Entropia Investments and Proximus will get 40 MHz spectrum each. The provisional 5G licences shall be valid until an auction is organised.

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Open Nettest adapts for 5G

Martes Specure is aware of the challenges 5G networks pose on adapting of QoS measurement tools. Therefore the company organised an expert exchange on 25 June 2020. More than 40 participants from 17 countries discussed topics related to speed upgrades, complaint management and automated measurements.

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European internet proves Corona-resistant

The Corona-crisis underlined the significance of connectivity. Europe feared a collapse of broadband networks due to a significant traffic increase. Despite that, the networks withstood the load. The recently published internet capacity report by the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) proves that, too.

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Slovakia launches 5G auction in the 700 MHz band

On the last day of March, the Slovak regulator published a call for participants in a 5G spectrum auction. Besides the 2×30 MHz in the 700 MHz – a pioneer band for 5G networks – the regulator will distribute also some unused spectrum in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz band. Applicants can submit their offers by 25 May 2020.

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Corona changes rules of the game in Austria

Austrian regulator RTR shows some flexibility in the application of the network neutrality regulations at the corona time. Namely, RTR allows operators temporary exemptions from the application of the network neutrality principle, reported Die Presse.

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Slovak operators decide on 5G suppliers

Four Slovak mobile operators decide on suppliers for future 5G networks. The only operator who has it clear already is Orange. It announced cooperation with Nokia, reported Zive.sk. Slovak Telekom has not taken any decision yet. O2 Slovakia runs a tender to select a supplier. Finally, the fourth MNO 4ka admits being in touch with four suppliers: ZTE, Nokia, Huawei and Ericsson.

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