Italy’s Communications Regulatory Authority (Autorita per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni, Agcom) is set to auction spectrum for 5G wireless services by the end of September this year. The regulator said the government hopes to raise at least EUR2.5 billion (USD2.9 billion) from the sale, though only half of the total raised would come this year. Agcom added that it is the first European regulator to define the terms for a 5G spectrum sale.
Spectrum will be made available in the 694MHz-790MHz, 3.6GHz-3.8GHz and 26.5GHz-27.5GHz bands. Two blocks of 80MHz spectrum and two of 20MHz will be sold in the 3.6GHz-3.8GHz band, with a spectrum cap of 100MHz per operator. In the 700MHz band six paired 5MHz blocks will be on offer, with two paired blocks (2×10MHz) reserved for a new entrant. The 26.5GHz-27.5GHz spectrum will be split into five lots of 200MHz. Licences will be valid until 2037, though the 700MHz frequencies will not be opened up until mid-2022.