EETT to award 5G spectrum in Q4 2019

6 Mar 2018

Greek telecoms authority the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (Ethniki Epitropi Tilepikoinonion kai Tachydromeion, EETT) has announced the results of its public consultation on the award of spectrum in the 3400MHz-3800MHz band for 4G/5G use. The EETT disclosed that there is primarily interest from existing service providers to exploit the untapped spectrum frequencies in the band, though the authority pointed out that the available TDD frequencies in the band are not sufficient to provide the continuous blocks of spectrum required for 4G LTE/5G NR services. The regulator said that the synchronisation of spectral blocks between neighbouring providers is an important measure for smooth coexistence of the networks and the optimal spectrum management, and that it is necessary to further investigate it. The EETT envisions that it would authorise the trial of 5G NR technology in the period 2018-2019, while the award of the spectrum in the 3400MHz-3800MHz band would take place in Q4 2019. The regulator also forecasts that the gradual implementation of 5G should commence in Q3 2019 in urban areas and expand throughout the country by 2020.