Legal challenge could delay Italian 5G sale

14 Jun 2018

The Italian broadcaster Mediaset and media group Cairo Communication have filed a pre-emptive appeal against the terms of the Italian government’s planned 5G spectrum auction. According to a report from Reuters which cites an unnamed legal source, some of the frequencies scheduled to be sold are currently utilised by Mediaset and Cairo as part of their broadcasting operations and will have to be freed up prior to being transferred to telecoms operators.

The 5G spectrum sale, which is planned for later this year, is expected to rake in at least EUR2.5 billion (USD2.9 billion) for the government. Legal action by the two broadcasters could cause a delay to the auction and have knock-on effects for the rollout and launch of 5G networks. Spectrum for 5G is being made available in the 694MHz-790MHz, 3.6GHz-3.8GHz and 26.5GHz-27.5GHz bands.