Iceland’s telecoms watchdog the Electronic Communications Office of Iceland (ECOI) has extended Vodafone Iceland’s (Syn’s) 5G concession in the 3600MHz band until 31 March 2023, following a public consultation on the topic in February. According to the terms of the frequency authorisation, Syn will embark on an ‘extensive’ deployment project in the forthcoming twelve months, committing to build 5G networks in ten rural areas of the country (nine of which currently have no 5G access) – covering 90% of the population in these settlements with minimum downlink of 200Mbps – as well as deploy 40 5G transmitters and provide 5G to over 25% of the population. According to the approved plan, 5G networks must be built in six settlements before 31 September 2022.

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