CITC to award 2100MHz spectrum for NTN networks in Q4 2021

12 Oct 2021

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has opened a public consultation on its plan to auction spectrum in the 2100MHz band for Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) technologies such as 5G-non-terrestrial networks (5G-NTN), mobile satellite services (MSS), internet on airplane (A2G), and internet of things via satellite (MSS-IoT). The authority is aiming to award 2×30MHz of paired spectrum at 1980MHz-2010MHz/2170MHz-2200MHz, divided into two blocks of 2×15MHz each. Block A2 (1995MHz-2010MHz/2185MHz-2200MHz) will be initially limited to MSS services, with the successful bidder given the option to apply for an upgrade of the licence for terrestrial technologies. The concessions will be valid for eleven years, from 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2032. The CITC is inviting all interested parties to submit their comments by 30 October 2021.

The CITC has also updated its timeline for forthcoming spectrum auctions, with plans to hold a number of tenders in 2021/22: for 2100MHz airwaves in Q4 2021; for 600MHz, 700MHz and 3.8GHz-4.0GHz in Q1 2022; and for 1500MHz and 26GHz in H2 2022.

Saudi Arabia, Communications and IT Commission (CITC)