3.4-3.8 GHz SCA auction scheduled for February 2019
700 MHz/1500 MHz/2100 MHz, Q2 2019 at the earliest
Consultations on 5G spectrum, July 2017-February 2018
5G Strategy for Austria, April 2018
All MNOs started 5G trials.
RTR consulted three times on 5G spectrum between July 2017 and February 2018, finally opting for a SCA on 3.4-3.6 GHz bands scheduled in February 2019.
The Austrian Government set up a steering group for 5G in February 2017. The “5G strategy for Austria” document was approved in April 2018.
The document defines three phases:
- Pre-commercial 5G tests are expected to be held during the first phase by mid-2018
- By year-end 2020, nationwide availability of 100 Mbps connections should be almost reached. This creates the basis for a nationwide expansion of 5G. At the same time, the market launch of 5G in all provincial capitals should take place.
- In Phase 3, 5G should be accessible across the main traffic roads by year-end 2023, followed by nationwide coverage two years later.
It lists 24 actions in terms of spectrum, funding, research…, translating into ten concrete measures for 5G applications.