The Dutch government expects to start in the first week of December the consultation on the planned 5G spectrum auction next year, the economic affairs ministry told parliament. The rules for the auction and licence conditions will be open for comment for six weeks and are based on the mobile policy note issued in June.
Once the consultation is completed, the ministry will consider the feedback and then publish the final rules. Applications can then open, and the aim is to conduct the auction in Q2 2020. This leaves a tight schedule, compared to previous auctions.
The ministry also announced that it will deliver a report to parliament after the meeting of EU telecom ministers on 3 December. This is expected to cover 5G auctions as well. After the meeting, the government also hopes to have progress on an international solution for the satellite listening station in the north of the country, which uses part of the spectrum needed for 5G. The aim is to release these frequencies in the 3.5 GHz band by 2022.
The parliament will not have the opportunity to comment on the auction proposal, as it takes the form of an administrative decree. It has received a confidential briefing already from the ministry.