BIPT extends deadline for applications for additional 4G spectrum

20 Mar 2020

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has extended the deadline for applications for the remaining spectrum in the 2600MHz frequency band until 10am on 15 May 2020. The decision has been taken in response to recent measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the BIPT announced plans in February to auction 2×15MHz of unassigned 2600MHz spectrum (2520MHz-2535MHz/2640MHz-2655MHz) in response to a request for a licence in the band from an unnamed company (later identified as Citymesh), as well as increasing market demand for spectrum. The minimum price for the 15-year licence, which will be valid from 2020 to 2035 and enable the holder to deploy a national network, has been set at EUR15.01 million (USD16.2 million). Existing licence holders in the band are excluded due to the spectrum cap of 2×20MHz.