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IN : 5G auctions 5G spectrum

Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications launched a consultation on the 26 GHz frequency band

It plans to organise the auction in summer 2020

The Finnish Transport and Communications Authority (Traficom) launched a consultation on its proposed 26 GHz auction. The regulatory authority will assign the 25.1–27.5 GHz band for national use with three 800 MHz frequency blocks. Each block would have a starting price of 7 million EUR.

Comments on the 26 GHz auction plan must be submitted by 6 March 2020. Licences would be granted for mainland Finland and they would be valid until 31 December 2033.

The lower 850 MHz of the band would be reserved local networks and will not be part of the auctions. The ministry said that local networks could be useful in ports and industrial facilities thanks to remote controlling, robotisation and sensor data collection technology.

Germany assigned spectrum in the 3.7–3.8 GHz band for verticals in the form of 5G private licences in November 2019. Other countries, such as the Netherlands and Sweden, have also said they plan to use a similar approach for assigning private 5G licenses.

Elisa and Telia are currently providing 5G services in Finland. Elisa was the first MNO to launch 5G in June 2018 and Telia launched in November 2019.

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