Polish regulator consults on 5G auction documentation

Polish regulator UKE started the consultation on the draft auction documentation for the prepared 5G auction. The plan is to distribute four licences in the 3480-3800 MHz band, 80 MHz each, with the reserve prices of above € 400m.  The licences shall be valid until the end of May 2035.

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Slovak regulator consults on multiband auction

Slovak regulator RU consults until 5th February 2020 on draft multiband auction conditions for award of frequencies in the bands 700 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz. The proposed format of the auction is SMRA. Bidders shall compete for six blocks of 2×5 MHz each in the 700 MHz band, one block of 2×4.2 MHz in the 900 MHz band and three blocks of 2×3 MHz each in the 1800 MHz band. Total reserve price is proposed at €92.49m.

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Ofcom gives up 5G coverage obligations in revised auction proposal

The UK regulator Ofcom has updated the draft conditions of the 5G spectrum auction planned in spring 2020. The main change consists in leaving out the coverage obligations as the four MNOs have committed themselves to reach a coverage of their 4G networks of at least 92% of the UK within next six years. This exceeds the coverage which Ofcom originally planned to impose as a licence obligation in the 5G auction.

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Irish regulator awards smart grid licences in 400 MHz band

Irish regulator ComReg announced results of the auction for award of frequencies in the 400 MHz band. These are intended for Smart Grids. The award process resulted in one winning bidder ESB Networks DAC.

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French regulator Arcep builds on know-how of colleagues in 3.4-3.8 GHz auction

French regulator Arcep brought together representatives of national regulatory authorities (NRA) from 15 countries of the EU for a mutual exchange of know-how from organising 5G auctions. The draft terms of the auction in the band 3.4-3.8 GHz in Metropolitan France was subject to public consultation from mid-July to 4 September.

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Israel launches 5G auction

The Israel Ministry of Communications has published the tender for award of frequencies for 5G mobile networks. The frequencies will be awarded in an auction, using the CCA format (Combinatorial Clock Auction) with the second highest bid price rule (Vickrey auction).  The total spectrum available in the auction includes 2×30 MHz FDD in the 700 MHz band, 2×60 MHz FDD in the 2,600 MHz band and 300 MHz TDD in the 3,500-3,800 MHz. For the first time, a tender for award of frequencies will be accompanied by an incentive system that includes grants and a reduction in spectrum fees in the total amount of NIS 500 million.

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Martes-Specure to provide 5G auction platform in Poland

Polish regulator UKE has selected Specure EAS as the spectrum auction platform to support the award of frequencies in the band 3.6 GHz. With the selection of the electronic auction system supplier the Polish regulator is successfully proceeding towards meeting its objective to distribute the band by June 2020.

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French regulator consults on award of frequencies in 3.4-3.8 GHz band

On 15th July 2019, interestingly a day after the Bastille Day, French regulator Arcep launched a public consultation on a draft decision that sets out the procedure and conditions for awarding licences to use frequencies in the 3.4 – 3.8 GHz band, in Metropolitan France. The contributions to this public consultation, which will run until 4th September, will enable Arcep to finalise this procedure and the terms of allocation. Arcep will then submit its final text to the Government in the weeks that follow.

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