BIPT begins consultation on spectrum auction rules

6 Dec 2021

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has opened a public consultation on proposed rules for participants in the upcoming multi-band spectrum auction. Stakeholders have until 6 January 2022 to submit their comments.

The rules will apply to three separate auctions. The first will allocate existing 2G and 3G spectrum in the 900MHz and 2100MHz bands (a total of 2×75MHz and 2×60MHz respectively), with user rights valid for 20 years from the expiry of existing 2G and 3G permits, as well as 30MHz of duplex spectrum in the 700MHz band for a period of 20 years. The second auction will tender 390MHz of frequencies in the 3600MHz band with user rights until 6 May 2040, while the third concerns the allocation of 90MHz of spectrum in the 1400MHz band for a period of 20 years.