Traficom begins accepting applications for 26GHz spectrum auction

22 Apr 2020

Applications to take part in an upcoming sale of spectrum in the 26GHz band are now being accepted, the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Liikenne- ja viestintavirasto, Traficom) has announced. With the frequencies in question to be offered via an auction that will get underway on 8 June 2020, the regulator has confirmed that those interested in taking part have until 20 May to submit their applications. A total of three network licences are to be made available, and those companies that secure them will be able to utilise the spectrum from 1 July 2020 for 5G deployments; the concessions will be valid until 31 December 2033.

In a press release regarding the matter, Traficom claimed that assigning the 26GHz band for 5G by auction ‘enhances Finland’s position as the 5G leader’, while suggesting that the additional frequencies will allow for those operators that have rolled out 5G connectivity to offer ‘additional capacity and greater speed’.