Slovakia consults on 700MHz sale

20 Dec 2019

Slovakia’s Office for Regulation of Electronic Communications & Postal Services (Regulacny Urad, RU) has opened a consultation into the award of 5G-capable spectrum in the 700MHz band, as well as spare frequencies in the 900MHz and 1800MHz ranges. A report from Zive.sk says that the 700MHz spectrum will be awarded via competitive auction, with six 2×5MHz blocks being made available. A reserve of EUR15 million (USD16.7 million) has been placed on each block. The auction is expected to take place in the first quarter of next year, with spectrum to be allocated by end-June.

The report says that the country’s smallest and newest mobile network operator (MNO) SWAN Mobile, which trades as 4ka, will be given no advantage in the 700MHz sale, despite the fact that it currently only holds frequencies in the 1800MHz band, while its three larger rivals own licences covering the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz ranges, while two firms also own 2600MHz spectrum.

Frequencies in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands will be allocated by December 2025. One block of 2×4.2MHz will be offered at 900MHz, with a reserve price of EUR840,000, while three 2×3MHz blocks will be sold at 1800MHz, with a minimum price of EUR550,000 per block.