BIPT extends 2G and 3G spectrum licences for six months

1 Mar 2021

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has confirmed the 2G and 3G spectrum licences held by Orange Belgium, Proximus and Telenet will be extended for a six-month period until 14 September 2021 to ensure continuity of services. The permits were due to expire on 15 March 2021 but the government’s plan to auction spectrum in the bands along with 5G frequencies in the 700MHz and 3.5GHz bands has faced lengthy delays and is now expected to be staged in early 2022.

The operators are liable for a one-off fee of EUR51,644 (USD63,332) per MHz per month for the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands and EUR20,833 per MHz per month for the 2100MHz band, payable by 31 March 2021. This means Proximus will pay around EUR11.4 million per month, Orange EUR10.9 million and Telenet, which gave up a portion of its 900MHz and 1800MHz frequencies, EUR8.4 million.