Austrian 5G auction raises EUR188m

8 Mar 2019

The Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting & Telecoms (RTR) has announced the results of Austria’s 5G spectrum auction, in which a total of EUR187.7 million (USD211.5 million) was raised. Seven bidders were granted licences to utilise spectrum in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz bands, including the three incumbent mobile network operators (MNOs) – each of which secured spectrum for all twelve designated regions – and four additional players, which bid for regional spectrum allocations. A1 Telekom Austria was the highest bidder, paying a total of EUR64.3 million, followed by T-Mobile Austria with EUR56.9 million and Hutchison Drei Austria, which paid a combined EUR51.9 million. Regional player LIWEST acquired 80MHz for each of Linz and Upper Austria for EUR5.3 million, while another local operator, Salzburg AG, paid EUR4.4 million for spectrum in Salzburg city (80MHz), Salzburg state (80MHz) and Styria (40MHz). Rounding out the winners, Holding Graz bid EUR3.0 million for frequencies in Graz (50MHz) and Styria (40MHz), while MVNO MASS Response acquired a 30MHz allocation for the Lower Austria and Burgenland region for EUR1.8 million. Spectrum licences are valid for 20 years until 31 December 2039.

‘This was a first, very successful step in the direction of a rapid implementation of 5G in Austria,’ commented RTR head Johannes Gungl, adding: ‘The EU sees 80MHz-100MHz as an efficient value to introduce 5G broadband wireless services. With the award of the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz band now concluded, the three Austrian mobile operators A1, T-Mobile and Drei were even able to win 100MHz to 140MHz of continuous frequency usage rights in all twelve advertised regions. This puts us in the top 5G European group in terms of contract award, frequency and equipment.’