RTR updates on planned 5G spectrum auction

14 Nov 2017

Austria’s Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs, RTR) is continuing preparations for the award of frequencies in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz range, which is planned to take place next year. The regulator says it has concluded consultations on the award procedure for the 5G-suitable spectrum involving 15 companies and organisations, almost all of which have registered interest in the frequencies. The consultation highlighted ‘serious differences of opinion’, not only between regional broadband providers and mobile operators, but also between operators of the same type. For example, some argue that frequencies should be allocated nationally, while others believe that regions should be designated as licensed territories. Participants’ views also differed on the preferred format of the auction.

The RTR plans to hold hearings on the framework for the allocation process, including auction conditions, spectrum caps and supply obligations, in the near future, and if necessary, further consultation will take place. A total of 390MHz of spectrum is planned for allocation, comprising 190MHz within the 3410MHz-3600MHz range and 200MHz in the 3600MHz-3800MHz band.