BIPT consults on plans to grant E-band mobile backhaul licences

6 Apr 2020

The Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT) has opened a consultation on plans to grant the country’s three main mobile network operators (MNOs) – Proximus, Orange and Telenet – exclusive permits for mobile backhaul frequencies. This would amend licences in the E-band (71GHz-76GHz with duplex in 81GHz-86GHz), enabling 5G backhaul connections of up to 10Gbps per channel of 2GHz. According to the draft decision, the three operators would each be granted a 1GHz block of spectrum, while they and other users would also be able to deploy links using the remaining 1GHz and 0.75GHz blocks. The consultation will close on 30 April 2020.