30 May 2019
The government of the Netherlands has again delayed the publication of its mobile communications policy white paper, including plans for upcoming 4G/5G spectrum auctions, this time because the Ministry of Finance has requested additional research into minimum licence bidding prices, reports Dutch-based Telecompaper.
Auctions in the 700MHz, 1400MHz and 2100MHz bands are provisionally scheduled for late 2019 or early 2020, although the prospective date is becoming less certain. A 3.5GHz band auction is mooted for the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022. Once the government’s long-delayed Mobile Communications Memorandum is finalised, a step-by-step plan for the auctions can be devised.