Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has opened public consultations on its spectrum award plans for 2022, in line with its Spectrum Outlook for Commercial and Innovative Use 2021-2023. The regulator is aiming to award airwaves in the 600MHz, 700MHz and 3.8GHz bands on 19 June (IMT auction), in order to ‘expand 5G mobile network coverage on roads and rural areas in the Kingdom, raise internet speeds for users, and promote investment as well as competition in providing mobile services’. Interested parties are given until 7 April 2022 to submit their comments on reserve prices, obligations, technical conditions and the lots’ structure.

Further, the CITC has also invited comments on its aim to award 450MHz frequencies for the establishment of broadband specialised networks for enterprises (PMR auction), with a deadline of 23 March given for submissions. Interested parties are asked to comment on coverage obligations, frequency fees and evaluation criteria of applicants; the deadline for spectrum applications is currently slated for 19 May.

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