BIPT approves all three bidders for 800MHz auction

9 Oct 2013

With three companies having submitted applications to take part in the country’s forthcoming auction of 800MHz spectrum, the Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT) has now confirmed that it has approved all three would-be bidders. In announcing the development, the regulator has also now revealed the identities of those companies that will take part in the sale process, with those being Base Company, Belgacom and Mobistar.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the auction will begin on 12 November 2013, with three concessions being put up for grabs, each offering a 2×10MHz block of spectrum in the 800MHz band for a 20-year term. While each spectrum allocation will include coverage obligations, the BIPT has previously noted that one will have additional requirements pertaining to the rollout of service in a number of rural areas.