Greece still aiming for 5G auction this year

28 May 2020

The head of Greece’s National Telecommunications & Post Commission (Ethniki Epitropi Tilepikoinonion kai Tachydromeion, EETT) says the authority expects to complete its auction of 5G-capable wireless spectrum by the end of this year. In an interview with Naftemporiki, Professor Konstantinos Masselos said that the planning of the auction is in progress and there are possibilities for the creation of a ‘friendly framework’ for telco investment, in terms of the starting price for licences and the method of repayment.

The watchdog has previously noted that it is looking to award 2×30MHz in the 700MHz band, 65MHz in the 1500MHz range, 2×15MHz in the 2100MHz band (plus 2×45MHz in the same band which is already allocated but licences expire in 2021), 280MHz at 3.6GHz, and up to 2,500MHz in the 24GHz-28GHz range, depending on demand.

TeleGeography notes that a number of 5G spectrum auctions have been delayed this year due to the COVID-19 crisis.