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Slovakia lays out terms for 3.5GHz auction in May

7 Mar 2022

Slovakia’s Office for Regulation of Electronic Communications & Postal Services (Regulacny urad, RU) has published details of its forthcoming auction of 5G-capable spectrum licences in the 3.5GHz band. The regulator aims to launch the sale in early May this year, with the new concessions valid until end-2045. 39 blocks of 10MHz will be available, with each operator restricted to a minimum of 80MHz and a maximum of 100MHz. If all blocks do not attract bids, the cap will be raised to 140MHz. The starting price has been set at EUR1.6 million (USD1.7 million) per block, so the state will be raising at least EUR62.4 million if all licences are sold.

Existing nationwide permits in the 3400MHz-3800MHz range expire between December 2024 and August 2025 and are held by Orange, O2, SWAN (4ka) and Slovanet. In addition, Slovak Telekom (ST) and other operators hold regional concessions with an August 2025 expiry date.

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