Arcep consults on 5G auction in 3.4GHz-3.8GHz band

16 Jul 2019

French telecoms regulator Arcep has opened a public consultation on the terms and conditions for the allocation of 5G spectrum in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz band in metropolitan France. The regulator is planning to release 31 TDD blocks (10MHz each) in the 3490MHz-3800MHz band. Arcep proposes a mixed allocation mechanism, which does not rely on pure financial bidding. The procedure will include a first stage, in which up to four operators can obtain frequency blocks for optional commitments, before a second stage (auction), which will allow candidates to obtain additional frequencies. Each bidder will be allowed to purchase a maximum of 100MHz. In terms of commitments, Arcep proposes to impose an obligation for operators to offer 5G in at least two cities before the end of 2020, and then impose obligations to support the deployment of 5G equipment in the band 3.4-3.8 GHz as follows: 3,000 sites by 2022, 8,000 (2024) and 12,000 (2025). All interested parties are invited to submit their comments by 4 September 2019.

France, Arcep