Spanish 700MHz auction to start on 21 July

1 Jun 2021

Spain’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation (Ministerio de Asuntos Economicos y Transformacion Digital) has confirmed that the government’s planned 700MHz auction will commence on 21 July, with potential bidders asked to register their interest before 2 July. A total of seven concessions will be tendered, broken down as two 2×10MHz blocks, two 2×5MHz blocks and three 1×5MHz blocks (downlink only). All licences will be valid for a period of 20 years, but extendable for a further 20-year period. The base price will generate bids of EUR995.5 million (USD1.215 billion) – 15% less than initially projected.

In terms of coverage obligations, the government has specified that around 450 locations must receive coverage before the end of June 2025. 30% of these must be covered by the end of 2022 and 70% by July 2024. In addition, before the end of 2022 the country’s ten main airports, three main ports, six main railway stations and eight main highways must also see 700MHz rollouts.