BIPT extends allocation of 70GHz/80GHz frequency bands to Orange, Proximus, Telenet

31 Mar 2022

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has allocated exclusive spectrum in the 70GHz/80GHz frequency bands to mobile network operators (MNOs) Telenet, Proximus and Orange Belgium for the use of radio relay links. Following its decision of 30 March 2021 to grant each of the three MNOs provisional user rights to 1GHz of spectrum in the band, the regulator has now extended the allocation for a further twelve months, until 30 March 2023. The BIPT notes the 70GHz/80GHz band could be essential for future 5G backhaul requirements.