17 Aug 2016
Mobile operator O2 Slovakia has been awarded additional nationwide spectrum in the 3.5GHz frequency band (3400MHz-3600MHz) by telecoms regulator the Office for Electronic Communications & Postal Services (RU). The cellco has acquired four unpaired 5MHz blocks of time division duplex (TDD) spectrum and one block of 2×5MHz frequency division duplex (FDD) spectrum for a one-off fee of EUR589,393 (USD662,395). The spectrum licence, which is valid until 31 August 2025, includes an obligation to cover at least three municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants in each district of Slovakia within 30 months.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, O2 revealed in January that it was planning a trial of 4G TD-LTE technology in the 3.5GHz band, after winning 2×20MHz of spectrum at auction in July 2015. The firm said it planned to use the frequencies to complement its existing FD-LTE systems, which operate in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands. O2 is Slovakia’s third largest cellular operator by subscribers, with around 25.7% of the overall market at the end of March 2016 according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.