EU puts 20 year span on 5G spectrum licences

The European Parliament, the EU Council and the European Commission have agreed to set a 20 year time span on the awarding of 5G spectrum licences. The industry had lobbied for 25 years.

Mar. 05, 2018 – 

The agreement frees up the process for getting 5G spectrum auctions underway. It is hoped they will be complete by 2020.

EU countries will use the 3.6GHz midband and 26GHz millimeter wave spectrum bands.

"We are laying the groundwork for the deployment of 5G across Europe. It is vital because many applications, from connected vehicles to smart cities and telemedicine, will not happen without first-class connectivity. Let's now agree as soon as possible on other elements of the new EU telecoms rules that we proposed," says EC vp for the digital single market, Andrus Ansip.

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