Spanish watchdog approves 700MHz spectrum caps

22 Jul 2020

Spain’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation (Ministerio de Asuntos Economicos y Transformacion Digital) has approved a Ministerial Order modifying the National Table of Attribution of Frequencies (Cuadro Nacional de Atribucion de Frecuencias, CNAF), which imposes a cap on the amount of spectrum in the 694MHz-790MHz (700MHz) band that an operator is able to use for mobile broadband services. A limit of 2×15MHz per operator has been established for the 5G-suitable 700MHz band, which will be freed up by 31 October 2020 and auctioned in the first quarter of 2021. Running in parallel, the Ministry has imposed a maximum limit of 2×35MHz per operator for all paired spectrum blocks in the 800MHz and 900MHz bands.