BIPT opens consultation on draft mobile network decrees

2 Jan 2020

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has announced a public consultation on a range of issues regarding mobile spectrum. Stakeholders are invited to comment on the legislative proposals for reorganising spectrum in the 3.4GHz-3.6GHz frequency band to enable its use for 5G, the potential use of the 3.8GHz-4.2GHz frequency band by private 4G and 5G networks, as well as the extension of 2G and 3G authorisations beyond the current expiry date of 15 March 2021, due to delays in finalising an auction. The consultation will also examine plans for operators to pay a licence fee for use of the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz frequency band, similar to that applied to the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2GHz and 2.6GHz bands. Stakeholders have until 29 January 2020 to submit their views.