Dutch 5G auction likely to be postponed to 2020

6 Jun 2018

An upcoming auction of new mobile spectrum suitable for 5G network development in the Netherlands is now likely to take place in 2020 rather than a previously mooted date of autumn 2019, according to a letter from the ministry with responsibility for telecoms – the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy – to Parliament, reported by Dutch-based Telecompaper. The reason for the delay is the ongoing European Commission assessment process regarding the proposed merger between the country’s third and fourth largest mobile network operators T-Mobile and Tele2.

In November 2017 the Ministry indicated that it expected a widespread rollout of 5G mobile network technology following the auction of new spectrum including the 700MHz band earmarked for 2019 at the time.