Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has announced that five operators have qualified to participate in the long-awaited auction of new 5G and existing 2G and 3G spectrum in the 700MHz, 900MHz, 1400MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and the 3600MHz frequency bands scheduled for June 2022. The names of the candidates were not disclosed, and they will take part in the auction anonymously.

The BIPT has confirmed five candidates have been deemed eligible to bid for 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz frequencies (mostly used for 2G, 3G and 4G applications), the 700MHz, 1400MHz and 3600MHz bands (the first to be used for 5G services), the 3600MHz 5G ‘capacity band’ and the 700MHz 5G ‘coverage band’. Only three candidacies were submitted and deemed admissible for the 1400MHz band, which is intended to provide additional downlink capacity.

The format chosen for the tender is a simultaneous multi-stage auction with bids, which is the same system employed for previous radio spectrum assignments in the country. The winning bidders and details of their spectrum assignments will be made public after the auction.

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