The Slovenian government’s auction of 5G spectrum has raised a total of EUR164.2 million (USD195.7 million). The sale included frequencies in the 700MHz, 1500MHz, 2100MHz, 2.3GHz, 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands, and spectrum was acquired by the four incumbent mobile network operators (MNOs). Telekom Slovenia was the highest bidder with bids totalling EUR52.1 million for licences in five of the six available bands, followed closely by Telemach, which offered EUR51.6 million for frequencies in all bands. A1 Slovenia paid EUR42.4 million for spectrum in the 700MHz, 1500MHz, 2100MHz, 3.5GHz and 26GHz ranges, while T-2 bid EUR18.2 million for 2100MHz and 2.3GHz licences.
Frequencies in the 700MHz, 1500MHz, 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands are available to operators immediately, while the 2100MHz spectrum will be released on 22 September and the 2.3GHz frequencies will be available from 1 January 2022. Licences are valid for 15 years, but could be extended to 20-year terms under a proposed amendment to the country’s Electronic Communications Act. Winning bidders are obliged to be using spectrum from each frequency band in at least one city within one year and all major cities within five years, while the 700MHz licences carry additional coverage requirements for major national highways and rail routes.