Italian cellcos seek to extend licences

14 Apr 2020

A trio of Italian operators are looking to extend their rights to use wireless frequencies in the 900MHz and 2100MHz bands. The country’s newest cellco Iliad, which launched in May 2018, wants to extend its 900MHz licence which is due to expire on 31 December 2021 for a further eight years. Meanwhile, rival operators Telecom Italia (TIM) and Vodafone have asked to extend licences for 2100MHz frequencies, again from end-2021 to end-2029.

Telecoms regulator Agcom is in favour of lengthening Iliad’s concession under the same terms already offered to other operators for extensions of their own 900MHz licences, while it says it would back the extensions for TIM and Vodafone with certain conditions relating to the transition to 5G technology.