A total of 390MHz is available in each of the twelve regions; in the clock rounds the cap for A1 Telekom Austria and T-Mobile Austria is 150MHz and for all others 170MHz. If spectrum remains after the clock rounds and there is another bidding round, the restrictions can be loosened; if there are no competition concerns, the absolute maximum is 160MHz for A1 and 190MHz for all others (in each region). The total of the minimum bids is EUR30 million, considerably lower than the EUR530 million of the 2013 multi-band auction.
‘This time we have done a lot differently,’ noted the regulator’s chief Johannes Gungl, adding: ‘The auction of this 5G pioneer band is not comparable to the last multi-band auction. We achieved to create the best conditions for 5G in the sense of Austria’s government programme and we lay the optimal basis for Austria’s economy.’