Slovakia’s incumbent cellcos win 5G spectrum in 3.5GHz band

6 May 2022

Slovakia’s Office for Regulation of Electronic Communications & Postal Services (Urad pre regulaciu elektronickych komunikacii a postovych sluzieb, RU) has completed its auction of 5G-capable spectrum in the 3.5GHz band (3410MHz-3800MHz). All four incumbent cellcos won frequencies, paying a total of EUR63.61 million (USD67.2 million). The new licences will be valid from 1 September 2025 and will run until end-2045. The regulator has not yet published the exact holdings and winning bids of the four auction participants: Orange, O2, Slovak Telekom (ST) and SWAN/4ka.