Austria’s Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecoms (RTR) has launched a public consultation on the conditions for its planned ‘second 5G auction’. The regulator is looking to award 20-year licences for spectrum in the 700MHz, 1500MHz and 2100MHz frequency bands in spring 2020. The auction will be divided into two phases: the first will see frequencies in the 700MHz (six blocks) and 2100MHz (twelve blocks) bands allocated, with eight blocks of 1500MHz spectrum set to be awarded in the second stage. Following this, a ‘bonus system’ has been developed whereby operators will be able to gain a reduction in the spectrum price if they agree to cover additional underserved areas.
In terms of coverage obligations, 700MHz licence winners will be obliged to supply 900 underserved communities with speeds of 30Mbps download and 3Mbps upload. Furthermore, 98% of motorways and selected railway lines, as well as 90% of federal and state roads, are to be supplied with at least 10Mbps download and 1Mbps upload rates. Interested parties have been given until 21 October 2019 to submit comments on the proposed auction conditions.