Spectrum auction policy decision delayed further

1 May 2019

The government of the Netherlands has once more delayed the publication of its mobile communications policy white paper, including plans for upcoming 4G/5G spectrum auctions, after telecoms secretary Mona Keijzer told parliament that more time was needed to study the recommendations of the sector regulator, the Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM), reports Dutch-based Telecompaper. An end-April deadline was scrapped, the schedule having already been pushed back several times over the past year, as the government says it is studying closely the potential impact of ACM’s proposed spectrum caps for operators in the multi-band auctions. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (with responsibility for telecoms) will consult with the Finance Ministry in the next few weeks to arrive at a final decision and submit the report to MPs.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, ACM issued its final recommendation on the upcoming auctions of mobile frequencies in the 700MHz, 1400MHz, 2100MHz and 3.5GHz bands, setting 40% individual caps on: total frequency possession; possession of frequencies below 1GHz; and on the frequencies to be auctioned in the 3.5GHz band. Auctions in the 700MHz, 1400MHz and 2100MHz bands are provisionally scheduled for late 2019 or early 2020. A 3.5GHz band auction is mooted for the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022.

Netherlands, Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy