Austria’s second 5G auction will begin in mid-August and is expected to be completed by the end of next month, Minister of Agriculture Elisabeth Koestinger told press agency APA. The allocation of licences for frequencies in the 700MHz, 1500MHz and 2100MHz bands was originally expected to take place in April but was postponed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 27 blocks will be up for sale, including six blocks in the 700MHz band, twelve in the 2100MHz range and nine in the 1500MHz band.
Koestinger also revealed that a total of EUR800 million (USD942 million) had been awarded by the government to subsidise the deployment of broadband networks in Austria by the end of 2019. The funding has enabled more than one million residents in over 1,260 municipalities to benefit from high speed services.