Report claims 700MHz 5G auction to launch this year, potentially including 1500MHz spectrum

14 Aug 2019

According to a report from Zive.aktuality.sk, a 700MHz band 5G frequency auction is likely to be launched in Slovakia by the end of this year, while the auction could potentially also include licences for the 1500MHz band. Slovakia’s Office for Regulation of Electronic Communications & Postal Services (RU) is yet to announce an exact timetable for the 700MHz auction, although it stated last month that it had begun the process for awarding frequencies in the 694MHz-790MHz range by a deadline of 30 June 2020 in accordance with EU guidelines, whilst work is ongoing to transfer digital TV broadcasts out of the band. The Zive report quotes RU spokesperson Roman Vavro as saying: ‘RU will carry out a public consultation this quarter and after its evaluation will decide on the conditions of the selection procedure and on which frequency it will allocate.’

Note that several Slovakian operators already hold 3.4GHz-3.8GHz spectrum which RU has authorised for 5G services, with 4ka recently announcing plans for live 5G trials using the 3.5GHz-3.7GHz band.