Press reports from Slovakia suggest that local fixed and mobile operator Orange Slovensko is close to finalising a deal to acquire 3.5GHz spectrum licences from wireless ISP Slovanet. Zive.sk revealed in June this year that Orange was in negotiations with Slovanet regarding its 3.5GHz permits, and the news site now writes that the deal is agreed, Slovanet has informed the regulator about the transfer of frequencies, and Orange is now awaiting the award of its licence, which the report describes as a formality. A purchase price has not been disclosed.
Orange is thought to be acquiring a total of 40MHz in two paired 20MHz blocks (3470MHz-3490MHz/3570MHz-3590MHz), with the licences valid until 2025. With 700MHz – and potentially 1500MHz – spectrum coming up for auction in Slovakia later this year, Orange will have a range of frequencies at its disposal for 5G wireless services. Rival operators O2 and 4ka (SWAN Mobile) also have access to 3.5GHz frequencies, while Slovak Telekom (ST) has a 3.5GHz permit covering the Bratislava region only.
For its part, Slovanet will retain 2×15MHz in the 3.5GHz band for its TD-LTE fixed-wireless services, while it also holds 3.7GHz spectrum covering 47 districts.