HAKOM opens consultation into 5G auction terms

6 Apr 2021

The Croatian Regulatory Agency for Network Operations (Hrvatska regulatorna agencija za mrezne djelatnosti, HAKOM) has opened a public consultation into its proposed auction of 5G-capable spectrum in the 700MHz, 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands. Licences will be valid for 15 years, with the possibility of a five-year extension. The consultation is open until 3 May and, according to a report from 24sata, the final tender for the allocation of frequency bands is expected in June, and the issuance of licences will be in July.

On a national level, the sale will offer 60MHz (three blocks of 2×10MHz) in the 700MHz range, 320MHz (32 blocks of 10MHz) at 3.5GHz and 1000MHz (five blocks of 200MHz) at 26GHz. In addition, a further 80MHz of frequencies in the 3.5GHz band will be available via regional licences. Successful 700MHz bidders will be required to cover 90% of Croatia’s urban population with 5G services by end-2025, with a target of 25% of the rural population by the same date, and 50% by end-2027. 99% of motorways and 95% of rail routes should also be covered by the end of 2025.