Consultative Committee fails to reach an agreement on 5G auction

28 Mar 2019

Belgium’s Regional Government Consultative Committee has failed to reach an agreement on the division of proceeds from the forthcoming 5G auction, which is expected to raise EUR650 million-EUR700 million (USD730 million-USD790 million), De Tijd writes. As 5G services are projected to facilitate greater use of media services (media policy is a responsibility of regional governments in Belgium), the regions have called for a bigger share than the customary 20% of the total. Telecom Minister Philippe de Backer was quoted as saying that the development will likely delay the rollout of 5G in Belgium, as the necessary legislation to organise the auction cannot be implemented without an agreement by the coordinating committee. Following the elections in May, new federal and regional governments will need to be formed before the committee can meet again, with a potential 5G auction now expected to take place in 2020 at earliest.