BIPT planning further six-month extension of 2G, 3G licences

14 Jul 2022

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has proposed extending the 2G and 3G spectrum licences held by Proximus, Telenet and Orange Belgium for another six months from 15 September 2022, to give it time to finalise the new permits auctioned last month. Originally due to expire on 15 March 2021, the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz permits have already been prolonged by three six-month periods to ensure continuity of services.

The operators will once again be liable for a one-off fee of EUR51,644 (USD56,516) per MHz per month for the 900MHz band (including user rights for the 1800MHz frequencies) and EUR20,833 per MHz per month for the 2100MHz band. This means Proximus will pay around EUR11.4 million, Orange EUR10.9 million and Telenet EUR8.4 million.