Estonia gets the ball rolling for 26GHz spectrum auction

Estonia gets the ball rolling for 26GHz spectrum auction

Estonian regulator TTJA (Tarbijakaitse ja Tehnilise Jarelevalve Amet / Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority) has opened applications for its upcoming auction of 5G-ready 26GHz spectrum.

The auctions follows last year’s sale of airwaves in the 3.5GHz and 700MHz bands, in which incumbents Elisa, Tele2 and Telia all obtained spectrum holdings and subsequently launched commercial 5G networks. TTJA notes that the 26GHz band is especially suitable for boosting capacity in areas with a high population density.

CommsUpdate notes that potential bidders have until 13th April 2023 to submit their applications, with bidding slated to take place in early to mid-May, with licences awarded at the end of this month. Six 400MHz blocks are available for bidding, with the reserve price set at EUR800,000 per block.

TTJA General Director Kristi Talving said: “The first two successfully conducted 5G frequency band auctions confirmed that communication companies are very interested in developing a communication network based on fifth generation technology. Thanks to this, we expect active participation in the third competition as well, so that the benefits of 5G development reach Estonian people and entrepreneurs as soon as possible. With the new competition, permits will be issued in a frequency range whose high-speed data connections create good opportunities for the development of real-time services.”

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