As one of the core of the new infrastructure, the huge value of 5g network has become increasingly prominent, which has become a key driving force to promote the development of national economy, society, science and technology. At present, countries all over the world are vigorously promoting the construction and deployment of 5g, of which 5g spectrum auction is an important node for a country to achieve 5g commercial. Recently, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched 5g spectrum auction. Analysts expect that the final price of this auction can reach as high as $50 billion.

In addition to the United States, many countries have launched their own 5g spectrum auction plans in 2020. Of course, some countries delayed the auction because of the impact of the epidemic or other reasons. According to relevant information, the postponement of auctions was mainly concentrated in March and April this year, when many countries were suffering from severe epidemic impact.

Due to the high importance of 5g, many countries overcame difficulties and successfully completed the auction, especially some European countries. From the specific data of global 5g spectrum auction in 2020, European countries are also the “protagonists” of 5g spectrum auction. Incomplete statistics are made on the countries that have conducted 5g spectrum auctions this year as follows:

Global 5g spectrum auction market

Finland Launches Second 5g spectrum auction

On June 10, it was reported that the Finnish radio regulatory authority successfully sold three 800MHz spectrum blocks in the 25.1-27.5ghz range, and the three operators participating in the bidding all returned with a full load. The frequencies of ELISA, telia and DNA were 25.1-25.9ghz, 25.9-26.7ghz and 26.7-27.5ghz, respectively.

Luxembourg launches 5g spectrum auction

On July 15, the Luxemburg telecommunications regulator (ILR) announced that it had officially launched the auction of 5g applicable frequencies in the 700MHz and 3600MHz bands on July 13. It is reported that the auction will be 2 * 30MHz 700MHz band (703mhz-733mhz / 758mhz-788mhz) spectrum, the bottom price of each 2 * 10MHz spectrum block is 5.62 million euro (6.4 million US dollars); 330mhz 3600MHz band (3420mhz-3750mhz) spectrum, the bottom price of each 10MHz spectrum block is 300000 euro.

Netherlands launches 5g spectrum auction

On August 4, it was reported that the first 5g auction in the Netherlands had come to an end, and the operators Vodafone Ziggo, T-Mobile and KPN had returned with a full load. According to reports, the three major operators in the Netherlands spent 1.23 billion euros (1.42 billion US dollars) to obtain 26 licenses.

Chile to launch 5g auction

On August 31, it was reported that Chile will officially launch 5g auction and announce the bidding details of 1800MHz spectrum resources in 700MHz, AWS (1800 and 2100mhz), 3.5GHz and 26ghz bands. It is reported that the license is valid for 30 years, and its business needs to cover hospitals and other public institutions to create a national telemedicine network.

Austria launches second round of 5g auction

On September 22, the Austrian broadcasting and telecommunications regulatory authority (RTR) said in a statement that the new 5g spectrum auction raised a total of 202 million euros (240 million US dollars). It is reported that the second round of 5g spectrum auction involves 700MHz, 1.5GHz and 2.1GHz frequency bands.

5g spectrum auction launched in France

On September 30, it was reported that France recently launched 5g spectrum auction, with operators orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and free competing for 11 unused frequency bands, which will add billions of euros to the government’s exhausted coffers. It is reported that the main auction will last for 10 days, followed by a second round of auction to determine the accurate positioning of operators on each band.

Czech completes 5g auction

On November 30, the Czech Telecom Office (CTU) said that the bidding stage for specific frequency bands of 5g network had been completed, and most of the frequencies were collected by existing operators O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone.

US launches 5g spectrum auction

On December 8, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched a new 5g spectrum auction, offering 280mhz spectrum in the 3.7-3.98ghz band (part of the C-band). It is reported that this is also the largest medium frequency 5g spectrum auction in the history of the United States.

Greece to launch 5g spectrum auction by the end of 2020

According to reports, Greece’s national telecommunications and postal Commission (eett) has begun to prepare for the 5g spectrum auction, which is expected to be officially launched before the end of this year. In September, the Greek telecommunications regulator (eett) began to accept applications for spectrum auction in the 700MHz, 2GHz, 3.4ghz-3.8ghz and 26ghz bands, with the deadline of December 21.

Editor in charge: Tzh

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