ACM develops infrastructure sharing guidelines ahead of 5G auction

25 Oct 2019

The Netherlands’ Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) has announced that it will publish new guidelines for infrastructure sharing in February 2020, ahead of the upcoming 5G spectrum licence auction for the 700MHz/1400MHz/2100MHz bands. Henk Don, ACM board member, stated: ‘With the guidelines we want to offer clarity to the parties on the mobile market and thereby contribute to a smooth rollout of 5G.’ Following discussions with sector players, ACM aims to clear up uncertainty over conditions governing shared rollouts, for example in economically unprofitable areas. Other topics to be addressed include the potential for renting/leasing spectrum, and preconditions for a cellco to use a rival’s 2G/3G network after switching off its own in the transition to 5G.