Belgian watchdog allows 5G trials

2 Jun 2016

The Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT) has said it will allow the country’s mobile operators to begin trials of 5G technology using temporary licences. Local newspaper L’Echo reports that the regulator is working with Swedish vendor Ericsson to determine which spectrum bands will be most suitable for tests. Belgium’s Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services, Alexander De Croo, has said that 5G is expected to bring a ‘paradigm shift’ to the communications market, and the early release of spectrum for trials will benefit telcos and application developers. The first commercial 5G services are expected to be launched in Europe around 2022.