Spectrum auction slated for Q2 2015

23 Oct 2014

Germany’s telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency (FNA, also known as Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA), is planning to hold auctions for wireless spectrum in the 700MHz, 900MHz, 1500MHz and 1800MHz bands in Q2 2015, Reuters writes. The watchdog has invited responses to its draft decision on the auction by 26 November 2014. The sale will feature spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands, the current licences for which expire on 31 December 2016, whilst the FNA noted that the inclusion of frequencies in the 700MHz range is conditional on a consensus being reached between the federal government and federal states on the use of the band for mobile broadband services. Under the current proposal, the following spectrum will be made available:

• 2×30MHz (paired) in the 700MHz range, sold in 2×5MHz lots

• 2×35MHz (paired) in the 900MHz range, sold in 2×5MHz lots

• 2×45MHz (paired) in the 1800MHz range, sold in 2×5MHz lots

• 1×40MHz (unpaired) in the 1500MHz range, sold in 1×5MHz lots

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