All Slovenian MNOs exceed network coverage obligations imposed after the spectrum auction

Slovenian regulator AKOS has found that all three mobile network operators (MNOs) in the country exceed the coverage obligations which were imposed by the regulator’s decisions following an auction for allocation of radio frequencies. AKOS annually monitors the compliance of operators with those obligations. AKOS has also published a detailed compliance report for the coverage in the 900 MHz band and over 1 GHz.

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Slovak regulator confirms schedule for 5G auction in 700 MHz

Slovak regulatory authority RU has informed that the preparatory works for the 5G auction in the 700 MHz band proceed in line with the schedule to meet the deadline set by the EU decision for the release of the spectrum. The 694-790 MHz band has been used for the digital terrestrial TV (DVB-T) so far. As agreed in the EU, the band shall become available for 5G mobile broadband by 30 June 2020.

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Czech regulator consults on 5G auction conditions

Czech regulator CTU has published draft conditions of the prepared auction for frequencies in the bands 700 MHz and 3.5 GHz. Based on the proposal, operators shall compete for a total of 60 MHz in the 700 MHz band and 200 MHz in the 3.5 GHz band. CTU has selected SMRA (Simultaneous Multi-Round Auction) as the auction format. The minimum proceeds are expected at CZK 6.3 billion.

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Visit us at the 14th Annual European Spectrum Management Conference

We are proud to be a part of the the 14th Spectrum Management Conference at BluePoint Brussels, Belgium on 19 – 20 June 2019.

Do not miss the presentation “Open Nettest” of our colleague Mr. Jozef Svrcek, which is a part of the Session 3: A roadmap for the future – Delivering an efficient, forward-looking mobile spectrum landscape. The session 3 takes place on 19th June at 14:00-15:10.

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Germany ends 5G auction with over EUR 6.5 billion proceeds

Germany has ended the 5G auction for frequencies in the bands 2 GHz and 3.6 GHz with the proceeds totalling more than EUR 6.5 billion. In total, the regulator BNetzA awarded 420 MHz to the operators: Drillisch Netz, Telefónica Deutschland, Telekom Deutschland and Vodafone.

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Switzerland deals with cantons’ moratoria on 5G networks

In February 2019, Switzerland successfully distributed attractive frequencies for the next generation mobile broadband networks. Operators have been preparing themselves for the launch of 5G as early as possible. However, some cantons have imposed moratoria for construction of 5G networks due to health concerns.

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GSMA warns some spectrum auctions artificially inflate prices

The industry association GSMA, representing interests of mobile operators worldwide, warns that artificially inflating prices in some 5G spectrum auction threatens quality and affordability of mobile services. To help governments and regulators guarantee affordable, high quality mobile connectivity from spectrum awards GSMA has published the Auction Best Practice paper.

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Switzerland knows the winners of 5G auction

Swiss regulator Bakom has successfully awarded frequencies in the 5G auction after eight working days. All three established mobile operators Swisscom, Salt and Sunrise gained frequencies in the bands 700 MHz, 1400 MHz and 3500 MHz. The total proceeds from the auction were nearly CHF 380 million.

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Germany closes applications for 5G auction

On 26 November 2018, following extensive consultations, the German regulator Bundesnetzagentur opened the qualification procedure for the 5G auction in the 2 GHz and 3.6 GHz (3.4-3.7 GHz) bands. Applications could be submitted until 25 January 2019. The award conditions include obligations for better coverage in both urban and rural areas as well as along transport routes, plus measures to promote competition, such as service provider regulations and national roaming requirements.

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