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Austrian 3.4-3.8 GHz spectrum auctions

Auctions are planned for February 2019 with a total of 390 MHz of spectrum on sale.

The Telekom Control Commission (TKK) published the 5G tender document for the frequencies 3.4-3.8 GHz (3410-3600/3600-3800 MHz) late in September 2018. The auction is expected to take place in February 2019, approximately four months from release of the tender document.

The total of minimum bids is 30 million EUR. Licenses will be granted on a regional basis (12 regions) and valid 20 years from January 1st, 2020 to December 31st, 2039.  The auction will be a SCA (Simple Clock Auction) consisting of two distinct phases. In the award phase, parties will bid in several clock rounds for their wished amount of spectrum in all the regions. The unsold spectrum will be auctioned again in another round.

A total of 390 MHz of spectrum is on sale. Spectrum caps are set: T-Mobile and A1 can not buy more than 150 MHz, the other players can buy up to 170 MHz. These caps can be modified if some spectrum remains unsold after the rounds. At a maximum, A1 can get 160 MHz and alternative players can get 190 MHz in each region.

Infrastructure sharing is considered favourably.  Earlier, the TKK published a position paper on this topic.

In a move to promote fast 5G infrastructure deployment, a licensee must provide up to 1,000 locations and a third of them by year-end 2020.

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