BIPT consults on plan to grant Citymesh extra 3.5GHz spectrum

20 Aug 2020

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has begun a public consultation on plans to grant operator Citymesh additional temporary user rights in the 3.5GHz band for its offshore network in the North Sea. The operator, which is mainly active in the B2B market, industrial areas of Flanders and offshore wind farms, submitted a request in February to extend its allocated frequencies in the North Sea from 40MHz (3430MHz-3450MHz and 3530MHz-3550MHz) to 100MHz of contiguous spectrum (3410MHz-3510MHz). The BIPT has issued a draft decision granting the request, provided that future onshore networks are not disrupted, and has given interested parties until 16 September to submit their comments.