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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Romanian regulator sanctions operators for insufficient mobile voice coverage

ANCOM, the Romanian regulator, found non-compliance with network coverage obligations with all mobile operators in Romania. They imposed fines upon Orange, Vodafone, Telekom Mobile and RCS & RDS, totalling RON 1.61 million (EUR 337,000).

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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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Irish regulator finds non-compliance with net neutrality rules

Irish regulator ComReg found non-compliance with net neutrality rules with seven operators: Digiweb, Imagine, Pure Telecom, Three Ireland (Hutchison), Three Ireland Services, Virgin Media Ireland and Vodafone Ireland. The violations relate to transparency obligations.

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Belgian regulator analysed telecom service tariffs in six countries

Belgian regulator BIPT published a benchmark of telecom tariffs in Belgium and its five neighboring countries: the UK, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany. Its objective was to determine to what extent the price level of telecom products for residential users on the Belgian market compares to the price level of similar products in the neighbouring countries. The analysis was performed on the basis of tariff plan information collected by BIPT in August 2019.

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Slovak regulator consults on QoS monitoring system

Slovak regulator RÚ consults until 31 January 2020 on a monitoring system for measurement of selected parameters of internet access service quality. The regulator plans to introduce the application MobilTest, provided by Specure, as a certified measurement tool for the monitoring of both fixed and mobile internet access service quality, in line with the EU regulation 2015/2120 on open internet access.

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German operators join forces to build 6,000 masts

Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Deutschland and Telefonica have signed a letter of intent to jointly build 6,000 masts to meet their coverage obligations from the 5G auction last summer. 1&1 Drillisch has been invited to participate on condition of an equal contribution. Each operator shall build the same number of the masts, which then can be shared for installing the operators’ own active network elements.

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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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