Broadband Belgium returns 3.5GHz licence to regulator

15 Jun 2017

Just over a year after securing a 3.5GHz wireless licence, Broadband Belgium has handed its concession back to the Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT). According to Telecompaper, a company spokesman confirmed the transfer had, in fact, taken place last month, on 18 May.

Broadband Belgium had previously planned to use time division duplex LTE (TD-LTE) to offer fixed-wireless internet access to business and residential users in 16 metropolitan areas across Belgium, after acquiring 3.5GHz spectrum from struggling ISP b-lite last year. Notably, it had been granted a fiive-year extension to its licence in March this year.

The Belgian government sees 3.5GHz frequencies as crucial for the development of 5G, and an auction is currently being prepared for a total of 400MHz of spectrum between 3.4GHz and 3GHz.