Finnish regulators begin consulting on plans for allocation of 26GHz spectrum

10 Feb 2020

Feedback on proposals related to the allocation of mobile suitable spectrum in the 26GHz band are being sought by both Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) and the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom).

For its part, the MoTC is seeking feedback on the proposed terms for an auction of 26GHz frequencies, with the ministry confirming its intention to offer three 800MHz blocks in the band, with a starting price of EUR7.0 million (USD7.7 million) per block. Under the plans, the spectrum auction would take place in the summer of 2020, with the licences on offer – which will cover the Finnish mainland – expected to be valid until 31 December 2033. The MoTC also noted that it is proposing that the lower part of the 26GHz band (i.e. 24.25GHz-25.10GHz) be excluded from the auction, with these frequencies to be held back for the construction of ‘local networks’. Comments on the MoTC’s plans are being accepted until 20 June 2020.

Meanwhile, Traficom is inviting comments related to both the ‘auctioning of the 26GHz range allocated for 5G networks and on technical license conditions’. In a press release regarding the matter, the body specifically said it was seeking feedback on ‘Traficom Regulation 64C’ and the related explanatory notes concerning the auctioning of the 26GHz range, with a deadline of 6 March 2020 having set for submissions.