Austria consults on 5G spectrum allocation rules ahead of autumn auction

23 Feb 2018

Austria’s Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs, RTR) has opened the final consultation on the award of 5G-suitable frequencies in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz range, which is planned to take place in autumn this year. A total of 390MHz of spectrum is planned for allocation on a regional basis, comprising 190MHz within the 3410MHz-3600MHz range and 200MHz in the 3600MHz-3800MHz band. The consultation involves the framework for the allocation process, including tender documents, auction conditions, spectrum caps, minimum bids and rollout obligations. A spectrum cap of between 140MHz-160MHz per operator, depending on the region, has been proposed to ensure fair competition. Interested parties have been invited to submit comments on the auction conditions by 15 March.