Slovakia to auction 700MHz licences by June 2020

8 Jul 2019

Slovakia’s Office for Regulation of Electronic Communications & Postal Services (Urad pre regulaciu elektronickych komunikacii a postovych sluzieb, RU) has announced that it has begun the process of awarding 5G-capable wireless spectrum in the 700MHz band. Frequencies in the 694MHz-790MHz range will be awarded by 30 June 2020 in accordance with EU guidelines, though work is still ongoing to transfer digital TV broadcasts out of the band.

A number of operators in Slovakia already hold spectrum in the 3.6GHz band which is suitable for 5G services, so the regulator says firms do not necessarily have to wait for 700MHz frequencies to be released to launch 5G networks. Just last week cellco 4ka announced plans for a live trial of 5G technology using the 3.5GHz-3.7GHz band.