Luxembourg watchdog issues new spectrum consultation; POST targets 2020 5G launch

24 Sep 2019

The Luxembourg Institute of Regulation (Institut Luxembourgeois de Regulation, ILR) has issued a public consultation regarding the modification of its existing radiofrequency plan. The consultation, which commenced on 16 September and will run until 18 October, factors in a series of European Commission (EC) decisions regarding spectrum harmonisation which have entered force since August 2018.

The spectrum bands included in the consultation are as follows: 24.25GHz-27.5GHz; 3400MHz-3800MHz; and 874MHz-876MHz/915MHz-921MHz. The use of non-specific short-range devices in the latter frequency bands will lapse on 1 July 2020 while the 3400MHz-3800MHz band will no longer be allocated to fixed satellite services from 1 January 2020, potentially freeing the band up for 5G use.

In other Luxembourg-centric news, state-backed full-service operator POST Luxembourg has confirmed its intention to launch commercial 5G services in 2020. The operator notes that it has achieved downlink speeds in excess of 1Gbps during its 5G trials, with latency of less than ten milliseconds. TeleGeography notes that fellow operator Tango previously announced that it had become the country’s first operator to have an operational 5G core network, trialling the 3.6GHz system in Bertrange in May this year. Rounding out the country’s cellcos, Orange Luxembourg has stated its intention to utilise 3.6GHz and 26GHz spectrum to support its own 5G networks, although a provisional launch date has not been disclosed.