5G bidders list published, omitting DIGI

16 Sep 2019

Hungarian telecoms regulator the NMHH has published the list of participants in the country’s upcoming 5G frequency auction, including three of the incumbent mobile network operators (MNOs) – Magyar Telekom, Telenor Hungary and Vodafone Hungary – but omitting the fourth MNO, DIGI Hungary. Following its formal examination of the four applicants which began 8 August, the NMHH says that it did not register the fourth would-be 5G bidder because it ‘did not meet the eligibility criteria’. DIGI is expected to appeal the decision.

The multi-band licence auction will take place on four separate days, starting with bidding for blocks in the 2600MHz band, followed by 3600MHz, 700MHz and finally 2100MHz bands. The NMHH will disclose all bidding results at the end of the procedure, scheduled to take place in late October/early November. Licences are valid for 15 years, renewable for five years.