SPRK opens consultation on 3.5GHz auction; LMT planning 5G launch in 2020

5 Jul 2017

Latvian telecoms watchdog the Public Utilities Commission (Sabiedrisko Pakalpojumu Regulesanas Komisija [SPRK]) has published a consultation document regarding its planned auction of spectrum in the 3400MHz-3450MHz and 3650MHz-3700MHz bands. The regulator has invited stakeholders to submit their comments on the proposals by 4 August 2017. The auction is due to be completed by no later than 12 December 2017.

In a separate development, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) is planning to launch commercial 5G services as early as 2020. The cellco’s president and chairman Juris Binde was quoted by Dienas Bizness as saying that it was in the process of upgrading its infrastructure for the new technology. The official stressed, however, that the new platform would be used for industrial rather than consumer use, highlighting its potential applications for the emergency services and medical industry, amongst others.