The Netherlands’ Telecom Agency has kicked off its auction of mobile spectrum in the 700 MHz, 1,400 MHz and 2,100 MHz bands, making available the first frequencies for 5G. The new licences will be valid for 20 years.
In the first round of the auction, participants can bid from the reserve prices, which total around EUR 900 million. Each round of the electronic auction will last for 45 minutes, with a 15-minute pause between rounds. A second round will allow winners to bid for specific blocks in the various ranges, after which the winners will be announced.
The spectrum in the 700 and 1,400 MHz bands will be available for immediate use, which should allow the start of 5G services this summer by the Dutch operators. The 2,100 MHz band spectrum is already in use, with existing licences expiring in Q1 2021. All the licences are technology neutral.