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State of play – Awards – 700MHz

Updated 18/06/2021

CountryPublic consultationPeer review Award
Austria September 2019 May 2019 September 2020
Belgium July 2017   Expected June 2022
Bulgaria August 2020   In 2022, a new
public consultation
is planned.
Croatia April 202110 May 2021*12 August 2021
Cyprus September 2019   December 2020
Czechia June 2019
March 2020
June 2020
  January 2021
Denmark March 2018   March 2019
Estonia July 2014 and
November 2019
  Expected in June
2022 (depends on
the adoption of 5G
network equipment
security measures)
Finland     November 2016
France     November 2015
Germany     June 2015
Greece
(Individual frequency
rights of use assigned
for the three 5G bands
for 15 years with the
possibility of 5 years extension, starting on
the 16th December 2020)
August –
September 2020
May 2021Completed
December 2020
Hungary June 2019 December 2018 April 2020
Ireland Completed Dec 2020:
ComReg doc: 20/122
Completed
30 June 2020
Underway: April 2021
ComReg Doc:21/40
Legal Appeal pending:
ComReg doc: 21/04R
Italy March 2018 December 2018 October 2018
Spectrum usable
nationally from
1 July 2022
Latvia It is expected to conclude
public consultation in the
first half of 2021.
(Due to diverging views
on licence conditions,
several consultation
rounds with market
players were carried out during 2020.)
  Second half of
2021
Lithuania May 2018
June 2021
October 2021 (RRT director’s order 1V-957)
22 June 2021*   March 2022
(The auction was
announced
on 25 of October.
RRT director’s order
1V-968)
Luxembourg May 2019   August 2020
Malta 5 February 202123 March 2021*Subject to market
demand.
(part of the band is
used for 5G trials)
Netherlands December 2019
– February 2020
  July 2020
Poland Pre-consultation
August 2018 and 2019
Expected Q1 2022
  Before 30 June 2022
Portugal April 2018 & Oct.2019
(RoU and award
procedure).
Consultation on the
auction rules was
launched Q1 2020,
it was suspended due
to pandemic and
ended in July 2020.
  Initially planned
for Q2 2020, due
to the suspension of
the public consultation,
it started on the Q4 2020.
The bidding stage has
ended and licences will
be awarded shortly.

Romania First public consultation –
August 2019
Second public consultation
expected – Q2 2022
(after the transposition
of EECC in the national legislation)
  Expected 2022
Slovakia December 2019 December 2020
Slovenia Q3 2020December 2018
October 2020
June 2021
Spain 2017 and 2019 December 2020   July 2021
Sweden July 2018 May 2018
February 2019
December 2018
Norway2018June 2019
Iceland20152017, except the lowest
2×10 part which is planned to be assigned 2021/2022

*Peer Review Forum held in line with the provisions of Article 35 of the European Electronic Communications Code.

State of play – Awards – 3.4 – 3.8 GHz

Updated on 18/06/2021

Country Public consultationPeer reviewAward
Austria February 2018 April 2019   March 2019
Belgium June 2017   Provisional rights have been awarded for the band 3600-3800 MHz in July 2020, Expected June 2022
Bulgaria December 2020 –
January 2021
  May 2021
Croatia April 202110 May 2021*  12 August 2021
Cyprus September 2019   December 2020
Czechia 3.6-3.8 GHz 2017
3.4-3.6 GHz
June 2019
March 2020
June 2020
2017   August 2017
January 2021
Denmark December 2020   April 2021
Estonia April 2018   Expected in June 2022
(depends on the
adoption of 5G
network equipment
security measures)
Finland May 2018 April 2019 October 2018
France July 2019 September 2019 October 2020
Germany     June 2019
Greece (Individual
frequency rights of
use assigned for the
three 5G bands for 15
years with the possibility of 5 years extension, starting on the 16th December 2020)
August – September
2020
May 2021Completed
December 2020
Hungary June 2019 December 2018 April 2020
Ireland Completed:
December 2015
Completed: January 2018 Completed:
May 2017
Italy 3.4-3.6 GHz
January 2018
(for 5G use)

3.6-3.8 GHz
March 2018
December 2018 3.4-3.6 GHz
Extended licenses
for 5G use
November 2018

3.6-3.8 GHz
October 2018
Latvia March 2018   September 2018
Lithuania May 2018
March 2019
February 2021
  Expected Q4 2022
Luxembourg May 2019   August 2020
Malta 5 February 2021 23 March 2021*   3.5-3.6 GHz: Aug. 2021
3.6-3.7 GHz: May 2021
3.7-3.8 GHz:Oct. 2021
The band 3.4-3.5 GHz remains unassigned due to a lack of market interest.
Netherlands May/June 202124 June 2021*To be rescheduled following
the outcome of a court
procedure.
Poland Preconsultation
August 2018
Consultation Expected
December 2019/January
020
  Expected Q2 2022
Portugal April 2018 & Oct. 2019
(RoU and award procedure)

Consultation on the auction
rules was launched Q1 2020, it was suspended due to pandemic and ended in July 2020.
  Initially planned for Q2 2020,
due to the suspension of the public consultation, it started on the Q4 2020.
The bidding stage has ended
and licences will be awarded shortly.
100 MHz (3.4-3.5 GHz) can already be use in accordance with the new technical conditions (Decision from Dec. 2019)
Romania First public consultation – August 2019
Second public
consultation expected –
Q2 2022 (after the transposition of EECC
in the national legislation)
  255 MHz have already been allotted since 2015 (valid during 2016-2025)
Additional 90 MHz – expected in 2021 (valid until 2025)
All 400 MHz -expected in 2022 (the rights of use will start in 2026)
Slovakia 3.4-3.6 GHz: October 2014
3.6-3.8 GHz: November 2013
  3.4-3.6 GHz: May 2016
3.6-3.8 GHz July 2017
Slovenia Q3 2020 October 2020June 2021
Spain 2017   July 2018
20 MHz awarded
in April 2021
Sweden July 2019 April 2019 January 2021
Norway August 2019 3.4-3.8 GHz assigned in
an auction conducted
27-30 September 2021.
A total of 400 MHz of
spectrum was awarded
to four different licence
holders.
Iceland20153.5-3.8 GHz already
assigned for 5G
3.4 GHz planned for
auction in 2021/2022

*Peer Review Forum held in line with the provisions of Article 35 of the European Electronic Communications Code.

State of play – Awards – 24.25 – 27.5 GHz

Updated 18/06/2021

Country Public consultationPeer reviewAward
Austria August 2019 May 2019 Expected by Q3 2022
Belgium June 2019   No award planned
Bulgaria January – February 2021   In 2022, a new public
consultation is planned.
Croatia April 202110 May 2021*12 August 2021
Cyprus September 2019   Not expected to take place in 2020 (subject to clear market demand)
Czechia December 2019
August 2020
  No award planned
26.5-27.5 GHz open for non-commercial experiments in October 2020.
Denmark August 2018 and
December 2020
April 2021
Estonia November 2019 Expected by the end of 2022
(depends on the adoption
of 5G network equipment security measures)
Finland February 2020   June 2020
France June 2018   On-going process to encourage trials in various sectors
Germany October 2018
February 2020
August 2020
n.a. (Individual frequency assignments: on application for 15 years with the possibility of extension
since end of 2020)
Greece (Individual
frequency rights of
use assigned for the
three 5G bands for
15 years with the possibility of 5 years extension, starting on
the 16th December 2020)
August – September 2020 May 2021Completed
December 2020
Hungary July 2017 and December 2019  
Ireland Study determined there
is no current demand – ComReg doc: 21/07
NANA
Italy March 2018 December 2018 October 2018
Latvia It is expected to conclude public consultation in the first half of 2021.
(Due to diverging views on licence conditions, several consultation rounds with market players were carried out during 2020.)
  Before 2024 (depending on results of public consultation)
Lithuania April 2020   1.2 GHz is available. Waiting
for requirements from MNO.
Luxembourg October 2020   Public consultation in Q4-2020
showed no immediate demand
from stakeholders;
award postponed until
demand apparent; possibility to request temporarily licences.
Malta 5 February 202123 March 2021*Subject to market demand
Netherlands Public consultation of
award policy expected
Q1/Q2 2022.
  TBD, depending on outcome
public consultation.
Poland August 2018
Expected Q1 2021
  Expected before 2022 (subject of market demand)
Portugal April 2018
A second consultation will be launched very soon.
  TBD according to market demand.
Romania Strategy for multiband auction in first half of 2019, where this band was postponed; questionnaire on market demand in 2020   Probably before the end of 2022 (subject to clear market demand)
Slovakia Public discussion was held in November 2020.   Public discussion result – no interest in the market at a present time. Not expected to take place before 2023 (subject of negotiation with military).
Slovenia Q3 2020October 2020 June 2021
Spain 2017, 2019 and 2021   2022
Sweden December 2019     Possibly local licences in 24,25 – 25,1 GHz 2021.
No award for the remaining parts before 2023.
NorwayAugust 2019
Possible new consultation
in 2022.
Test licences awarded in 2019.
No clear market demand, award is not expected to take place in 2021.
IcelandNo clear market demand.
Not expected to be awarded in the upcoming award process in 2021/2022

*Peer Review Forum held in line with the provisions of Article 35 of the European Electronic Communications Code.