BIPT redistributes Entropia’s temporary 3.5GHz spectrum

19 Oct 2020

Belgian telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has redistributed temporary licences in the 3.6GHz-3.8GHz band following Entropia Investments BVBA’s failure to pay for its requested permit. Most of released 40MHz block of frequencies will now be divided between Orange Belgium, Proximus and Telenet.

The regulator granted short-term user rights in the 3.6GHz-3.8GHz band in July to enable operators to proceed with 5G deployments following delays to a planned multiband spectrum auction. Orange Belgium, Proximus and Telenet Group, which were originally assigned 40MHz of frequencies each, will now receive a 50MHz block. The fourth eligible operator Cegeka did not request an increase to its 40MHz allocation. As a result of these changes, the BIPT has assigned the frequencies as follows: Telenet Group, 3600MHz-3650MHz; Orange Belgium, 3650MHz-3700MHz; Cegeka, 3700MHz-3740MHz; and Proximus, 3750MHz-3800MHz.