Fastweb criticises Italy 5G plans

25 May 2018

The Italian ISP Fastweb has criticised the rules laid down this week for an auction of 5G wireless spectrum which is due to be held later this year. The Communications Regulatory Authority (Autorita per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni, Agcom) unveiled plans on Wednesday to offer up frequencies in the 700MHz, 3.6GHz and 26GHz bands, with part of the 700MHz range reserved for a new market entrant. Fastweb, however, says the 3.6GHz-3.8GHz band is the one which is ‘essential for the development of 5G’.

In a statement the Swisscom-owned ISP says: ‘The choices of Agcom do not facilitate the access of a new entrant and unquestionably favour the hoarding of this part of the spectrum by mobile operators with an already consolidated frequency, with the effect of slowing the deployment of a 5G network in Italy.’ It adds: ‘Fastweb remains strongly determined to implement its 5G strategy with the aim of offering its customers the best quality on the fixed and mobile and reserves the right to evaluate its reaction in this regard.’