Belgium to auction 3G and 4G spectrum in September 2010

9 Mar 2010

Belgian authorities are planning to offer a fourth 3G licence alongside five 2600MHz concessions in September 2010, according to Rethink Wireless, citing reports from local national De Standaard. Belgium has already issued three UMTS licences – to Belgacom, Mobistar and BASE in 2001 – but at that date failed to sell a fourth licence that was on offer. It is understood that the Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT) will offer 15MHz of 3G spectrum for a minimum bid of EUR80 million (USD109.2 million), although it will also reportedly allow the purchase of three separate 5MHz blocks with a reserve price of EUR40 million each. Those operators believed to be interested in the sale include Belgian cablecos Telenet and Voo.

Meanwhile, an auction for five 15Mhz blocks of 2600MHz spectrum suitable for offering Long Term Evolution (LTE) services will take place immediately after the UMTS frequency sale, with an expected minimum price of EUR15 million per 15MHz block. In addition, the BIPT will sell a 50MHz block of unpaired spectrum, which could be used for WiMAX services, with a likely price tag of EUR25 million.