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BIPT to invite bids for 3410MHz-3430MHz block

26 Sep 2022

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has published a draft Royal Decree to enable operators other than Citymesh and Gridmax to acquire a 3410MHz-3430MHz frequency block, after the two companies failed to bid for the spectrum in June’s auction. The proposal amends the Royal Decree of 28 November 2021 concerning spectrum allocations in the 3600MHz range, which reserved the frequencies for Citymesh and Gridmax to enable their continued operation of WiMAX and LTE sites in several communes following expiry of their existing user rights in May 2025. Given the 100MHz cap on spectrum holdings in the band, Orange Belgium, Proximus and Telenet will be unable to take part in the new tender. The consultation will close on 21 October.

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