Greece moves towards freeing 700MHz band for 5G

25 Oct 2019

The Greek government has made an announcement regarding the process for freeing the 700MHz band for 5G mobile services. A joint press release by the Ministry of Digital Governance and the Prime Minister’s office says that frequencies in the 700MHz range currently used by TV broadcasters will be awarded to cellcos in 2021. This will follow a 5G auction in the 3.5GHz band in 2020. The government says that broadcasters must have switched to new bands by 1 January 2022, although under a new amendment, in a few isolated cases standard transmissions will still be allowed in areas ‘where there is no technically feasible way to transmit a high resolution signal’.

Greece, Ministry of Digital Governance