SPRK unveils plans for 700MHz auction

28 Apr 2020

Latvian telecoms watchdog the Public Utilities Commission (Sabiedrisko Pakalpojumu Regulesanas Komisija, SPRK) has published a public consultation document on the conditions for the planned auction of spectrum in the 700MHz band. The tender will comprise spectrum in the 703MHz-733MHz/738MHz-788MHz range, which will be available for mobile communications from 1 January 2022. The SPRK notes that the spectrum will gradually become available during a transition period between 1 January 2022 and 30 June 2022, as TV broadcasters cease use of the airwaves. The SPRK is planning to divide the spectrum into the following three lots, each of which would have a starting price of EUR1 million (USD1.1 million):

1. 703MHz-713MHz, 738MHz-743MHz and 758MHz-768MHz (25MHz total)

2. 713MHz-723MHz, 743MHz-748MHz and 768MHz-778MHz (25MHz total)

3. 723MHz-733MHz, 748MHz-758MHz, and 778MHz-788MHz (30MHz total).

The regulator is accepting comments on its proposals until 25 May 2020.

Latvia, Public Utilities Commission (SPRK)