Citymesh sole candidate for remaining block of 2600MHz spectrum

20 May 2020

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has announced that only Citymesh has submitted an application for the remaining free spectrum in the 2600MHz band. In February, the BIPT invited interested parties to sign up for an auction before 23 March, although the deadline was later extended to 15 May following the COVID-19 outbreak. Only one licence is available, comprising 2×15MHz of spectrum valid for a period of 15 years from 2020 to 2035 and covering the entire country. The minimum price per licence, which is not subject to specific coverage conditions, is EUR15.01 million (USD16.4 million). A spectrum cap of 2×20MHz meant Orange Belgium, Proximus and Telenet, which already hold licences in the band, were excluded from the auction. Citymesh already has user rights in the 3.4GHz-3.6GHz band and has been mainly active in the B2B sector, some industrial areas of Flanders and wind farms in the North Sea.