Belgium plans to auction mobile frequency auction eyeing 5G

Belgian also wants a fourth mobile operator to enter its market.

On Tuesday, the Belgian government stated, it plans on auctioning mobile frequencies in late 2019 and wants a fourth mobile operator to enter the country to compete with Orange Belgium, Proximus, and Telenet’s BASE.

Belgium is aiming to auction frequency bands in the 900, 1800 and 2100 megahertz range as well as auction new frequencies in the 700, 1400 and 3600 megahertz range.

The frequencies are set to be auctioned in late 2019 for a duration of 20 years.

“The conditions are such that, in case there is interest, a fourth operator can enter the market on good terms, which allow for a level playing field with existing operators,” said the Belgian ministry for telecoms and the digital agenda, in a statement.

It went on to add, “The possible entry of a fourth operator will allow for lower prices, more innovation and a faster roll out of 5G”.

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