Belgian mobile operators apply for temporary 5G licences

2 Mar 2020

Belgium’s three main mobile network operators (MNOs) – Telenet, Orange Belgium and Proximus – have confirmed they applied to the telecoms regulator, the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT), for a preliminary 5G licence before the 28 February deadline, reports Data News. With plans for a 5G spectrum auction at an impasse due to a disagreement between federal and regional governments, the BIPT announced in early February proposals to grant temporary licences for the 3.5GHz band to enable an initial deployment of 5G services. It is not known whether other candidates applied for the temporary licences. The BIPT will now examine the applications and decide how to allocate the frequencies. A public consultation will then be held, during which the regulator will publicly announce all the applicants.