DEA allocates 5G spectrum to TDC Net, Hi3G Denmark and TT-Netvaerket

23 Apr 2021

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA, or Energistyrelsen) has revealed the results of its auction for tech-neutral spectrum in the 1500MHz, 2100MHz, 2300MHz, 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands, with TDC Net, Hi3G Denmark and TT-Netvaerket (Telenor/Telia joint venture) all securing airwaves in the tender. Hi3G Denmark won 2×20MHz in the 2100MHz frequency band, 1×120MHz in the 3.5GHz band and 1×1000MHz in the 26GHz band for a grand total of DKK540.525 million (USD87.4 million). TDC Net secured 1×45MHz in the 1500MHz band, 2×20MHz in the 2100MHz band, 1×40MHz in the 2300MHz band, 1×130MHz in the 3.5GHz band and 1×1250MHz in the 26GHz band for a total of DKK794.685 million. For its part, TT-Netvaerket agreed to pay DKK740.976 million for the following spectrum: 1×45MHz in the 1500MHz band, 2×20MHz in the 2100MHz band, 1×140MHz in the 3.5GHz band (including rental obligation for private networks) and 1×600MHz in the 26GHz band. All airwaves in the 2100MHz band come with coverage obligations, which must be met by 1 February 2024; Hi3G’s concession has coverage obligations for 41 areas, TDC (40 areas) and TT-Netvaerket (41 areas). Regarding the 3.5GHz band, all licensees are required to provide 60% population coverage using the band by 31 December 2023 and 75% (December 2025).