Italian fixed and wireless broadband operator GO internet has extended its concession for the use of 3.5GHz (3.4GHz-3.6GHz) spectrum for a further six years, to 2029. The fees for the extension will be equivalent to the prices paid by the winning bidders in the government’s forthcoming auction of 5G spectrum, which will include frequencies in the 700MHz, 3.6GHz-3.8GHz and 26GHz bands.
GO’s permit, which covers the Marche and Emilia Romagna regions, has allowed it to deploy WiMAX and – more recently – TD-LTE wireless broadband networks. The firm also resells fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity under a partnership with wholesale network operator Open Fiber. Other Italian ISPs holding regional 3.5GHz licences include Tiscali, Linkem, TIM and Mandarin.