Spain to free up 700MHz band by 31 October

24 Jun 2020

Spain’s Council of Ministers has approved the new date for the completion of the release of the 694MHz-790MHz (700MHz) band – known as the ‘Second Digital Dividend’ – which will now be 31 October 2020. This new date has been set as a result of the ‘exceptional situation’ caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as social distancing and mobility restriction measures implemented during the state of alarm forced the government to slow down the release process. Consequently, the government has also confirmed the postponement of the tender for the 700MHz frequency band for 5G services, which will now take place in the first quarter of 2021.

On 30 March this year Spain communicated to the EU that the situation caused by COVID-19 would prevent it from completing the release process by the 30 June 2020 deadline established by Decision 2017/899.