Lithuanian telecoms company MEZON, which has been owned by mobile operator Bite since December 2020, has announced the commercial launch of 5G home broadband services. Initially the network is available in the city of Jonava but will be expanded to other locations in the future. MEZON says the service offers download speeds of between 500Mbps and 600Mbps and can be bundled with ‘Go3’ television services. Customers require a Huawei H138-380 5G CPE Pro 2 home router to access the 5G service, which operates in the 2.3GHz frequency band.

In a separate development, Verslo Zinios reports that Lithuanian telecoms watchdog the Communications Regulatory Authority (Rysiu Reguliavimo Tarnyba, RRT) will conclude two auctions of 5G-suitable spectrum by mid-2022. The first – involving the sale of 700MHz frequencies – will be finalised in May, while an auction of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band will conclude the following month, according to Augutis Cesna, acting Deputy Director of the RRT. In January the RRT pushed back the deadline for interested parties to submit documents for the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction by two months to 25 March, in order to give participants more time to gather information on the hardware, software and equipment to be used to support service providers, as well as the equipment’s manufacturers and suppliers. The RRT will then evaluate the submitted applications by 8 April.

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