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Belgium launches course of to find out curiosity within the 26 GHz band


In Belgium, the 24.5-26.5 GHz band is used intensively for radio hyperlinks, the regulator mentioned

The Belgian Institute for Postal Providers and Telecommunications (BIPT) launched a public session geared toward gauging the extent of curiosity within the 26 GHz band.

The regulator famous that in an preliminary market survey in April 2019 on the attainable use of the 26 GHz radio frequency band in Belgium for future 5G purposes, market gamers had confirmed no curiosity.

Now, probably events may have time till October 3 to submit their feedback on the method.

“In Belgium, the 24.5-26.5 GHz band is used intensively for radio hyperlinks. Furthermore, BIPT has allotted unique blocks for the microwave hyperlinks of [local operators] Telenet Group and Orange Belgium, within the 26 GHz band. The remainder of the 26 GHz band is on the market,” the regulator mentioned.

The regulator mentioned that this session “ought to deliver extra readability on the intentions of sure gamers out there relating to the usage of this band.”

The regulator additionally famous that eleven international locations within the European Union had already assigned the 26 GHz band for 5G providers.

Final yr, Belgium’s 5G spectrum public sale raised a complete of 1.2 billion euros ($1.29 billion) from 5 bidders.

BIPT said that native operators Citymesh Cell, Community Analysis Belgium, Orange Belgium, Proximus and Telenet Group secured frequencies for a interval of 20 years.

The regulator auctioned frequencies for 5G providers within the 700 MHz and three.6 GHz bands, and 2G and 3G spectrum in 900 MHz, 1.8 GHz and a pair of.1 GHz bands.

Proximus dedicated to pay a complete of 491 million euros for the brand new spectrum. In a separate assertion, the telco mentioned it had obtained 20% extra spectrum than all taking part firms.

Orange dedicated to pay 322 million euros for the frequencies and claimed it had secured the utmost quantity of the accessible 5G spectrum frequencies, whereas Telenet dedicated to pay a complete of 264.3 million euros.

New entrants Citymesh Cell and Community Analysis Belgium additionally secured 5G frequencies within the course of.

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