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Spectrum for Terrestrial

5G Networks: Licensing
Developments Worldwide

Report based on information gathered as part of the GSA’s


ongoing 5G research programme

November 2018

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Introduction
This report provides a snapshot of the global status of national 5G spectrum
GSA is aware of 45 plans as of the end of 8 November 2018. As national regulators plot their
countries/territories countries’ moves towards 5G, there are important choices to be made about
that are formally
which portions of the spectral range should be either dedicated for use by
considering
introducing certain terrestrial 5G networks and services, or at least accessible to 5G networks
spectrum bands and services. This report summarises recent 5G spectrum activity worldwide
for terrestrial 5G including auction and allocation plans.
services, are holding
consultations This report reflects a market that is in constant flux, and feedback is greatly
regarding
suitable spectrum appreciated to keep it current. The next update will be published in December
allocations for 2018. Please send comments and information to research@gsacom.com
5G, have reserved
spectrum for 5G, Important changes since the last report include:
have announced
plans to auction •• Brazil: a public consultation on the use of 3400–3600 MHz
frequencies or have •• Finland: completion of the 3410–3800 MHz auction
already allocated
spectrum for •• France: consultation on the attribution of spectrum at 1400 MHz, 3400–
5G use. 3800 MHz and 26 GHz and applications for refarming spectrum used
for 2G, 3G and 4G
•• India: opening up spectrum at 5 GHz for low wireless usage
•• Italy: completed auctions for spectrum at 700 MHz, 3700 MHz and 26
GHz
•• New Zealand: update on spectrum auction timetable
•• Peru: early plans for a tender of spectrum at 2.3 GHz
•• Spain: publication of a roadmap for the release of spectrum at 700 MHz
•• Thailand: auction of spectrum at 900 MHz completed and reports of a
recall of underused spectrum at 1500 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2600 MHz
•• USA: updates on the 24 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum auctions, changes to
the CBRS (3550–3700 GHz) licensing structures, opening up of spectrum
at 6 GHz for unlicensed use.

Frequency range designations and bands


In this report, we consider spectrum in specific bands for which auctions
or long-term designations are being considered. These include new 5G/NR
bands defined by 3GPP in Release 15, which are being defined in the following
two frequency ranges (FR) in Table 1.

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Table 1: Frequency ranges

Frequency range designation Corresponding frequency range


FR1 450–6000 MHz
FR2 24250–52600 MHz

FR1 bands at the time of development of this report are defined in Table 2.

Table 2: FR1 bands

NR operating Uplink (UL) operating Downlink (DL) Duplex mode


band band operating band
n1 1920–1980 MHz 2110–2170 MHz FDD
n2 1850–1910 MHz 1930–1990 MHz FDD
n3 1710–1785 MHz 1805–1880 MHz FDD
n5 824–849 MHz 869–894 MHz FDD
n7 2500–2570 MHz 2620–2690 MHz FDD
n8 880–915 MHz 925–960 MHz FDD
n12 699–716 MHz 729–746 MHz FDD
n20 832–862 MHz 791–821 MHz FDD
n25 1850–1915 MHz 1930–1995 MHz FDD
n28 703–748 MHz 758–803 MHz FDD
n34 2010–2025 MHz 2010–2025 MHz TDD
n38 2570–2620 MHz 2570–2620 MHz TDD
n39 1880–1920 MHz 1880–1920 MHz TDD
n40 2300–2400 MHz 2300–2400 MHz TDD
n41 2496–2690 MHz 2496–2690 MHz TDD
n51 1427–1432 MHz 1427–1432 MHz TDD
n66 1710–1780 MHz 2110–2200 MHz FDD
n70 1695–1710 MHz 1995–2020 MHz FDD
n71 663–698 MHz 617–652 MHz FDD
n75 N/A 1432–1517 MHz SDL
n76 N/A 1427–1432 MHz SDL
n77 3300–4200 MHz 3300–4200 MHz TDD
n78 3300–3800 MHz 3300–3800 MHz TDD
n79 4400–5000 MHz 4400–5000 MHz TDD
n80 1710–1785 MHz N/A SUL
n81 880–915 MHz N/A SUL
n82 832–862 MHz N/A SUL
n83 703–748 MHz N/A SUL
n84 1920–1980 MHz N/A SUL
n86 1710–1780 MHz N/A SUL

FR2 bands at the time of development of this report are defined in Table 3.

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Table 3: FR2 bands

NR operating Uplink (UL) and downlink (DL) Duplex mode


band
n257 26500–29500 MHz TDD
n258 24250–27500 MHz TDD
n260 37000–40000 MHz TDD
n261 27500–28350 MHz TDD

There are also a number of other spectrum bands being considered by national
regulators that were at end-July 2018 not considered by 3GPP specifications:

•• 5925–7150 MHz, considered in USA and CEPT (5925–6425 MHz) for


unlicensed use
•• 64–86 GHz, or parts thereof.
Note that various parts of the 64–86 GHz range are considered differently in
different regions. For instance, 64–71 GHz is set aside for unlicensed use in
North America and is under consideration in CEPT (66–71 GHz); 66–76 GHz
and 81–86 GHz are under study in ITU-R as a possible range for IMT-2020, to
be decided at WRC-19.

In many cases, regulators are making subsets of the newer bands available,
freeing them up in chunks when they can migrate existing users (such as
satellite, military, broadcasters or other users) to different blocks of spectrum.

The analysis in this report excludes temporary short-term licences awarded


for the purpose of trialling/testing 5G networks (this latter category is covered
in our analysis of 5G trials, available separately).

This report uses information published by regulators and governments, who


are not always completely specific about plans for frequency ranges and
about whether national allocations will be aligned to recognised bands. Some
of the higher spectrum bands, not currently allocated for commercial mobile
communications, are broadly defined. It is likely that these bands will be
more formally defined by national regulators and through the international
harmonisation process in due course.

Analysis of spectrum plans is divided into two main groups: plans associated
with bands that are explicitly designated for 5G (or LTE and 5G) and
separately, plans associated with bands licensed or allocated on a technology
neutral basis, or allocated much more broadly for mobile services or mobile
broadband services. We have excluded plans for spectrum being set aside
specifically for LTE, 3G or 2G technologies.

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Global overview
At present, GSA is aware of 45 countries (all references to countries in this
In Europe, six document can be read as also including territories) in the world that are
countries have either formally considering introducing certain spectrum bands for terrestrial
already completed 5G services, holding consultations regarding suitable spectrum allocations
auctions of 5G
spectrum and for 5G, have reserved spectrum for 5G, have announced plans to auction
another four have frequencies or have already allocated spectrum for 5G use. This figure
recently completed excludes countries undertaking such initiatives in relation to spectrum that is
auctions of
not being specifically allocated to 5G (of which there are another 16). Some
spectrum that could
potentially be used countries have multiple initiatives underway.
for 5G.
In Europe, six countries have already completed auctions of 5G spectrum
(Finland, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Spain and UK) with another four (Czechia,
Germany, Greece, Norway) having recently completed auctions of spectrum
that could potentially be used for 5G. Ten countries are known to have
confirmed 5G spectrum auctions between 2018 and 2020 (Austria, Belgium,
France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and
Sweden) with five countries planning auctions of potentially suitable bands
(Czechia, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland).
There are 5G auctions/allocations confirmed in at least six countries in Asia
There are 5G Pacific (Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan). In
auctions/allocations June 2018, South Korea completed a 5G auction for spectrum in the 3.42–
confirmed in at
3.7 GHz and 26.5–28.9 GHz frequency bands. Thailand has recently issued
least six countries in
Asia Pacific. spectrum on technology neutral terms and China has reserved key bands for
5G (though has not licensed individual operators yet).
In the Americas, the USA has issued spectrum on a technology neutral basis
that can be used for 5G in the 600 MHz range. It has also confirmed rights to
use the spectrum at 28 GHz (27.5–28.35 GHz) and 39 GHz (37–40 GHz) for 5G
that was awarded many years ago and in October 2018, changed the rules
to make CBRS spectrum more attractive to 5G investors. The USA will also
use 2.5 GHz band for 5G. Mexico has auctioned spectrum between 2500 and
2690 MHz for 4G and 5G. Meanwhile, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia and the
USA have announced timetables for future auctions/allocations of spectrum
potentially suitable for 5G.
Of the countries in the Middle East and Africa, Saudi Arabia recently concluded
an auction of spectrum suitable for next-generation wireless high-speed data
services, Tanzania awarded spectrum at 700 MHz for ICT services, South Africa
is planning an auction in the 800 MHz range for IMT services and Ghana is
intending to release spectrum at 800 MHz for mobile services.

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Worldwide, in total eight countries have completed 5G allocations or licensing
Worldwide, eight procedures in at least one spectrum band. These are Finland, Italy, Ireland,
countries have Latvia, Mexico, South Korea, Spain and the UK. Czechia, Germany, Greece,
completed Norway, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand and the USA have also
5G-specific
completed spectrum allocations on a basis that could include but does not
allocations
or licensing necessarily require 5G (such as technology neutral licences, or licences for
procedures in at mobile broadband services). Sixteen other countries have announced formal
least one spectrum (date-specified) plans for allocating 5G suitable frequencies between now
band.
and end 2020 and 14 countries have stated plans to auction off bands that
Nine other countries can potentially be enabled for 5G use during that period.
have completed
technology- Licensing activity detail by country
neutral allocations
or licensing Table 4 summarises, by region and country, the 5G spectrum activity observed
procedures. by GSA in the course of its research programme. This includes bands being
considered for 5G, soon to be auctioned, considered for auction and those
already granted to operators. All dates indicated for auctions are correct
to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication, but should be
treated as provisional or aspirational until all consultations and legal
processes have been completed.

In addition to those countries with licensing plans specifically designated for


5G, the table also includes a number of other countries considering, planning
or in the process of auctioning bands that could be used for any technology
(licensed on a technology neutral basis), or used to deliver mobile broadband
services and hence are potentially usable for 5G but are not explicitly
designated for 5G at this stage.

The table excludes short-term/temporary licences awarded for the purpose


of trialling/testing 5G technologies (this latter category is covered in our
analysis of 5G trials, available separately).

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Table 4: National 5G and other relevant licensing activities

Country/ Regulatory/ Summary of relevant spectrum activities


Territory Licensing
authority
Sixteen countries Argentina Ministry of The government has begun the refarming process for the
Modernization 3400–3600 MHz band and is considering an auction of the
have announced 1427–1517 MHz band.
formal (date-
Australia Australian ACMA will auction off the 3600 MHz band for 5G use in
specified) plans Communication and November 2018.
for allocating 5G Media Authority
It is also considering the auction of spectrum at 26 GHz
suitable frequencies (ACMA)
(24.25 to 27.5 GHz) for 5G in Q3/4 2020 / Q1/2 ACMA
between now and FY2020–21), subject to consultation.
end 2020.
Consideration of use of spectrum at 1500 MHz for wireless
Fourteen other broadband has been deferred until Q3/Q4 in FY2019–20
(Q1/Q2 in calendar 2019), with possible auction in Q3/4 in
countries have FY2020–21.
announced formal
(date-specified) Spectrum at 850 MHz is due to be refarmed for wireless
broadband but existing uses mean full clearance could
plans for allocating take until 2024. Reorganisation of spectrum at 900 MHz
technology-neutral is also under consultation. Auctions potentially in Q1/2 in
frequencies FY2020–21.
between now and Austria Austrian Regulatory RTR plans to hold an auction in the 3400–3800 MHz
end 2020. Authority for frequency for 5G services. It published details about the
Broadcasting and auction procedure on 18 September. The auction is due to
Telecommunications begin in February 2019.
(RTR)
RTR has also published a non-binding schedule (subject
to re-evaluation) for subsequent auctions spectrum in the
following bands: 700 MHz, 1500 (core band), 2100 MHz:
not before Q2 2019, 2300 MHz; 1500 MHz (expansion
band): 2020 onwards
Bahrain Telecommunications In August 2018, TRA launched a consultation on the award
Regulatory Authority of spectrum for mobile broadband at 800 MHz (60 MHz
(TRA) between 791–821 MHz and 832–862 MHz, available as
2×30 MHz of paired spectrum) and 2600 MHz (2500–2570
MHz and 2620–2690 MHz, which could be offered as
paired or unpaired spectrum). The consultation closes in
October 2018.
Belgium Belgian Institute BIPT plans to auction the 700 MHz, 1400 MHz and 3600
for Post and MHz bands for 5G, according to the following indicative
Telecommunications timelines:
(BIPD)
•• 700 MHz; 3400–3800 MHz; 1500 MHZ (SDL): 2019
•• 26 GHz: from 2021
•• 31.8–33.4 GHz and 40.5–43.5 GHz: 2022 to 2027.
BIPT is also planning allocation of 2G and 3G spectrum in
the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands, possibly
also in 2019.

Consultations regarding these various auctions/bands are


underway.
Bosnia and Communications RAK adopted new regulations for the use of the 3400–3600
Herzegovina Regulatory Agency MHz, 3600–3800 MHz, 800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands,
(RAK) allowing mobile/fixed communications on a technology.

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authority
Brazil Brazilian National ANATEL is considering revising the regulations regarding
Telecommunications the 3400–3600 MHz band in order to allow its use by
Agency (ANATEL) terrestrial services in coexistence with satellite applications
in adjacent bands. According to ANATEL, the 3400–3600
MHz band should be the first to be deployed for 5G. In
November 2018 it announced a public consultation on use
of this band.

The regulator also published a resolution on opening 100


MHz of spectrum in the 2300–2400 MHz band for mobile
services (including mobile, FWA, and private networks). In
mid-August 2018 it launched a public consultation on the
use of spectrum at 2.3 GHz for 5G. At the end of August it
launched a 60-day public consultation into the use of the
2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands.

During 2018, ANATEL has been steadily authorising


use of spectrum at 700 MHz for 4G services as regional
analogue TV signals have been discontinued, enabling
VIVO, TIM, Claro and Algar (which all acquired rights in a
2014 auction) to use the spectrum for mobile broadband
services. It plans to auction the previously unsold
spectrum in the 700 MHz band and spectrum in the 3400–
3600 MHz band – possibly in 2019. In addition, part of
the 2500–2690 MHz band may also be made available. All
those bands are expected to be licensed on a technology
neutral basis.
Bulgaria Communications CRC has launched a public consultation on the use of the
Regulation 3400–3600 MHz band and the 3600–3800 MHz band for 5G
Commission (CRC) services before 2020.
Canada Innovation, Science In June 2018, Canada published its spectrum auction
and Economic plan 2018–2022. The first auctions will be in March 2019
Development (ISED) for spectrum in the 600 MHz band. ISED is to auction
Canada spectrum licences in the 614–698 MHz band on a
technology neutral basis. Mid-band spectrum at 3500 GHz
is expected to be auctioned in 2020, while spectrum at 26
GHz, 28 GHz, 37–40 GHz and 64–71 GHz is expected be
made available for flexible terrestrial use towards the end
of 2021. The 32 GHz, 70 GHz and 80 GHz bands are set to
be available for backhaul in 2019/2020.

ISED has launched a consultation on the framework to


auction spectrum licences in the 3.5 GHz (3450–3650
MHz), 3.8 GHz (3650–4200 MHz) bands and initiated
consultations regarding the use of 26 GHz (26.5–27.5
GHz) and 28 GHz (27.5–28.35 GHz) bands for 5G and on
releasing spectrum in the 37–40 GHz and 64–71 GHz
bands for 5G.

Canada is also considering plans to release the 1500 MHz,


1600 MHz, 26 GHz, 32 GHz and 80 GHz bands for mobile
use, subject to ongoing analysis.
Chile Under-Secretary of The government confirmed intentions to have the first 5G
Telecommunications auctions on Q4 2018. It has also frozen current licences in
(Subtel) the 3400–3800 MHz band to prepare for future auction. In
July 2018, Subtel opened a consultation on use of 3.4–3.8
GHz and 27.5–28.35 GHz bands for 5G.

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China Ministry of Industry MIIT reserved the 3300–3600 MHz and 4800–5000 MHz
and Information bands for 5G services. China is also expected to use the
Technology (MIIT) 24.75–27.5 GHz band and the 37–43.5 GHz band and has
recently initiated a stakeholder consultation on these
bands. These are currently being used for 5G trials.

MIIT is working on a spectrum roadmap. It is not currently


expected to issue 5G licences before H2 2019.
Colombia Ministry of MinTIC has indicated its intentions to auction the 700 and
Information and 1900 MHz spectrum bands.
Communications
Technologies (MinTIC)
Czechia Czech CTU awarded frequencies in the 3600–3800 MHz band to
Communications local operators for high-speed data networks. It is also
Office (CTU) preparing the for a tender of spectrum (2x30 MHz) in the
700 MHz band for mobile broadband services in 2020.

It has also stated its future intention to issue spectrum at


3400–3600MHz and 26GHz for 5G.
Denmark Denmark was in the process of auctioning spectrum in the
700 MHz, 900 MHz and 2300 MHz bands, on a service and
technology neutral basis, as follows:

•• 2x30 MHz paired frequencies (703–733 MHz paired


with 758–788 MHz) and 20 MHz unpaired frequencies
(738–758 MHz)
•• 2x30 MHz paired frequencies (880.0–891.9 MHz and
896.9–915.0 MHz paired with 925.0–936.9 MHz and
941.9–960.0 MHz respectively)
•• 100 MHz unpaired frequencies (2300.0–2400.0 MHz)
However, in September 2018, it postponed proceedings,
due to start on 25th of September, until further notice. It
did not give a reason for the decision.
Egypt National NTRA is formally considering using 3400–4200 MHz for
Telecommunication IMT.
Regulatory Authority
(NTRA)
El Salvador Superintendence The government is planning to auction the 1700/2100 MHz
of Electricity and bands.
Telecommunications
(SIGED
Finland Finnish In October 2018, FICORA completed an auction of
communications spectrum in the 3500 MHz frequency band (3410–3800
regulator (FICORA) MHz), useable for 5G. Licences were awarded to DNA, Elisa
and Telia Finland.

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France Regulatory Authority In October 2018, ARCEP launched a consultation on
for Electronic procedures for allocating (through auction or other
Communications and means) spectrum at 1400 MHz, 3400–3800 MHz and 26
Posts (ARCEP) GHz, with the aim of achieving commercial 5G deployment
in at least one major city by 2020. This consultation will
be followed by another on the proposed text of the calls
for applications, with a view to launching the calls for
applications in mid-2019.

Separately ARCEP also called for applications (due by 2


October) for reallocation/refarming of spectrum in the 900
MHz, 1800 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands currently used for 2G,
3G and 4G (and for which authorisations expire between
2021 and 2024), with a view to improving 4G coverage.
It received applications from Bouygues Telecom, Free
Mobile, Orange and SFR and agreed all met the criteria for
reallocation/refarming. Licences will be extended subject
to meeting new coverage and reception quality obligations.
Germany Bundesnetzagentur Germany auctioned spectrum at 700 MHz for mobile
broadband in 2015; the spectrum is expected to be
available from 2019.

In March 2018, Bundesnetzagentur announced the end


of the consultation phase for the auction of the 2000 MHz
(1920–1980 MHz/2110–2170 MHz) and 3400–3700 MHz
bands for 5G services.

In September, it published draft rules for the auction. The


rules are due to be finalised in November, with auctions
happening in Q1 2019.

It is also drawing up application procedures for the 26 GHz


band for 5G or improving rural mobile coverage and for
the 3700–3800 MHz band for local and regional uses.
Ghana National NCA is planning to issue spectrum at 800 MHz through a
Communications tender process (not an auction), with the process complete
Authority (NCA) by the end of 2018.
Greece Hellenic EETT announced that on 2 February 2017 the procedure
Telecommunications for granting of the 'Rights of Use for Radiofrequencies'
and Post Commission in the band 24.5–26.5 GHz had been completed and
(EETT) three operators were granted frequencies to use for
fixed wireless access services. In February 2018, EETT
announced that there was interest in the 3400–3800
MHz band from operators following a public consultation.
Participants said that licences should be allocated before
2020 with the majority of respondents saying Q4 2019
would be an appropriate time for allocation.

In October 2018, EETT launched a public consultation on


the granting of rights to use spectrum between 3400 MHz
and 3800 MHz, and 24.25 GHz and 27.5 GHz for 5G testing.

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Hong Kong Office of the OFCA has completed its consultation and decided to
Communications release in 2019 the 3300–3400 MHz band for indoor
Authority (OFCA) mobile services, the 3400–3600 MHz band for mobile
services (accessible from April 2020) and the 4830–4930
MHz band for mobile services. It also invited telecom
operators to express interest in, and is currently consulting
on assignment options, for the 26 GHz band (24.25–27.5
GHz) and 28 GHz band (27.5–28.35 GHz) for mobile/fixed
wireless 5G services with release planned for 2019.

In September 2018, it announced the opening of


applications for an auction (due December 2018) of
unallocated spectrum in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz
spectrum bands.
Hungary National Media and The National Media and lnfocommunications Authority
lnfocommunications plans to auction spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3400–3800
Authority MHz bands for 5G in Q3 2019 and aims to have the
regulations in place to achieve that by the end of 2018.
It has also been formally considering plans to auction
spectrum at 26 GHz.
India Telecom Regulatory In January 2018, TRAI held an Open House discussion
Authority of India on 'Auction of Spectrum in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz,
(TRAI) 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz, 3300–3400
MHz and 3400–3600 MHz bands'. In March 2018, India's
Telecom Department asked incumbents to free spectrum
in the 3300–3400 MHz band for 5G by 30 September 2018.
India created a 5G High Level Forum to formulate strategy
on 5G. The Forum released its recommendation on 5G
spectrum which included the following spectrum bands:
617–698 MHz, 698–803 MHz, 1427–1518 MHz, 3300–3600
MHz, 3600–3700 MHz, 24.25–27.5 GHz, 27.5–29.5 GHz,
29.5–31.3 GHz, 31.8–33.4 GHz and 37–43.5 GHz. India's
Telecom Department is now preparing an action plan
based on this recommendation.

On 1 August TRAI released more detailed


recommendations regarding the release of spectrum in
the lower bands: 700 (703–748 MHz/758–803) MHz, 800
((824–844 MHz/869–889) MHz, 900 (890–915 MHz/935–
960) MHz, 1800 (1710–1785 MHz/1805–1880 MHz) MHz,
2100 (1920–1980 MHz/2110–2170) MHz, 2300 (2300–2400)
MHz, 2500 (2500–2690) MHz, 3300–3400 MHz and 3400–
3600 MHz covering regions, spectrum blocks and reserve
prices. Timelines are yet to be confirmed, but are likely to
happen in the second half of 2019.

The DoT is additionally working on a proposal to allocate


spectrum at 2100 MHz for 4G service, with a decision due
by the end of 2018.

In October 2018, the Indian government opened up


spectrum in the 5150–5250 MHz, 5250–5350 MHz and
5725–5875 MHz bands for unlicensed (low power) wireless
use, including use by wireless access points, fixed point-to-
point connections and portable and mobile client devices.
Indonesia Ministry of Initial indications for the Ministry of Communications and
Communications Informatics of Indonesia are that Indonesia will license 5G
and Informatics of spectrum by 2022. Current bands under consideration for
Indonesia (BRTI) allocation are 24.25–27 GHz, 27–29.5 GHz and 3.4–3.6 GHz.

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Ireland Commission for In May 2017, ComReg allocated slices of the 3600
Communications MHz band for broadband (including 5G) services. The
Regulation (ComReg) commission also published a consultation regarding the
distribution of spectrum in the 26 GHz band. The new
26 GHz National Block Licences are likely to be restricted
to point-to-point (P2P) links, and licensees will not be
permitted to offer mobile services using the spectrum.
Italy Autorità per le AGCOM launched a public consultation in March 2018
Garanzie nelle regarding 5G wireless spectrum. Potential 5G bands
Comunicazioni identified by the regulator are as follows: 694–790 MHz,
(AGCOM) 3600–3800 MHz and 26.5–27.5 GHz. In April 2018, Italy
launched a public consultation on the freeing up of the
700 MHz band for 5G with a view to launching an auction
in September 2018.

In September/early October 2018, Italy ran an auction of


spectrum in the following ‘5G pioneer’ bands:

•• 1000 MHz at 26 GHz


•• 200 MHz at 3700 MHz
•• 75 MHz at 700 MHz
Five operators (Fastweb, Iliad Italia, TIM Italy, Vodafone
Italy and Wind Tre) were awarded spectrum.
Japan Ministry of Internal Japan's MIC is formally considering the 4400–4900 MHz,
Affairs and 3600–4200 MHz and the 28 GHz (27–29.5 GHz) bands for
Communications 5G and plans to assign spectrum in these bands by March
(MIC) 2019. Technical requirements for use of these bands will
be set during 2018. The 3400–3600 MHz band might also
be considered.
Latvia Public Utilities In December 2017 the Public Utilities Commission
Commission announced that LMT had won spectrum in the 3400- 3450
MHz and 3650–3700 MHz bands for 5G services.

In September 2018, it auctioned 50 MHz of spectrum


between 3550 and 3600 MHz for 5G services.
Lithuania Communications RRT has launched a public consultation on the use
Regulatory Authority of spectrum in the 3400–3800 MHz and 3800–4200
(RRT) MHz frequency ranges for 5G. The latest stage of the
consultation is due to close in November 2018.

In September 2018, the government authorised the


release of 700 MHz for mobile services; RRT will now work
towards auctioning the frequencies before 2022.
Luxembourg Luxembourg ILR has launched a public consultation on the country's
telecommunications frequency plan. It includes the allocation of the 703–733
regulation authority MHz band coupled with the 758–788 MHz band for
(ILR) provision of mobile/fixed communications networks.
Malta Malta Malta plans to open up 700 MHz band to mobile services
Communications from mid-2021.
Authority

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Mexico Federal Institute of Mexico is to auction the 600 MHz (614–698 MHz) band for
Telecommunications 5G in 2020 after reallocation of digital television services
(IFT) into the lower bands.

Separately the telecom regulator completed an auction


of spectrum between 2500 MHz and 2690 MHz in August
2018, with TDD and FDD blocks awarded to the winning
bidders. The regulator has stated the spectrum can be
used for delivery of 4G and 5G services.
Moldova National Regulatory In August 2018, the Moldovan regulator launched a call for
Agency for Electronic expressions of interest in an auction of spectrum in bands
Communications 8, 1, 33, 34, 20, 38, 42 and 43. The deadline for expressing
and Information interest to participate was 28 September 2018. The
Technology (ANRCETI) eventual auction date was not published.
Morocco National Agency Morocco is considering using the 3400–3600 MHz band for
for the legalisation IMT.
of communications
(ANRD)
Netherlands Ministry of Economic The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs plans an auction of
Affairs the 700 MHz, 1400 MHz and 2100 MHz frequency bands
in late 2019/2020. The frequencies will be used for 4G and
5G. The Government of Netherlands is also reviewing the
possible use of 3500 MHz spectrum for mobile services,
although this spectrum is currently in use in some parts of
the country.
New Zealand Radio Spectrum According to the Radio Spectrum Management's ‘Road
Management map to 5G in New Zealand’, the range between 3410 and
3690 MHz could be considered for 5G post October 2022.
The ranges of 24.25–28.35 GHz, 1427–1518 MHz band (L
Band) and the 600 MHz band are also to be considered
for 5G use. Ministers have been quoted in local press as
saying that allocation of spectrum for next-generation
mobile services is ‘on track for 2020’.

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Peru Ministry of Transport There are no spectrum bands allocated to 5G in Peru
and Communications yet. The regulator is currently conducting studies to
identify frequency bands for provision of services with 5G
technology.

In August 2018, the Ministry declared the reordering/


refarming of spectrum in a number of bands to open
up more spectrum for 4G and 5G services. It intends to
refarm spectrum in the following bands for the provision
of services linked to more advanced mobile technologies
(IMT): 452.5–457.5 MHz and 462.5–467.5 MHz; 806–821
MHz and 851–866 MHz; 821–824 MHz and 866–869 MHz;
2500–2692 MHz; 2300–2400 MHz; and 3400–3600 MHz.

In this context, the Ministry of Transport and


Communications is reviewing the legal validity of an
allocation of spectrum at 2.5 GHz to Bitel in 2017; it is
anticipated this process will take two months to complete.

The Minister of Communications has stated that the


Ministry is working towards the tender very soon of
spoectrum at 2.3 GHz.
Poland President of the The Polish regulator has been consulting on the allocation
Office of Electronic of the following 5G spectrum: 700 MHz, 3.5 GHz, 3.7 GHz
Communications and 26 GHz. The consultation ended in August 2018. In
(UKE) September, UKE said it would be publishing an update of
plans in due course.
Portugal National ANACOM is currently holding a public consultation on a
Communications proposed spectrum auction of various bands for 5G: 700
Authority (ANACOM) MHz, 450 MHz, 900 MHz, 1500 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2.1 GHz,
2.6 GHz, 3.6 GHz and 26 GHz. In June 2018, the regulator
approved a roadmap for the distribution of 700 MHz
(694–790 MHz) spectrum for future 5G wireless services.
According to the regulator, the band, which is currently
used for digital terrestrial television services, will be freed
up by 30 June 2020.
Qatar Communications CRA is considering auctioning the 700 MHz band, 3500
Regulatory Authority MHz band (3400–3600 MHz) and 26 GHz band (26.5–27.5
(CRA) GHz) for 5G mobile services. The 700 MHz frequency band
would be deployed to accommodate the demand of the
service providers and for the applications of the public
protection and disaster relief (PPDR).
Romania National Authority ANCOM has announced plans to auction spectrum at 700
for Management MHz for 5G before the end of 2019. By the end of 2018 it
and Regulation in aims to adopt a national position on the release and use of
Communications spectrum in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 1500 MHz, 2600 MHz,
(ANCOM) 3400–3600 MHz and 26 GHz bands for broadband wireless
communications.

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Russia The Minister of The Russian Ministry of Communication has previously
Digital Development, awarded test licences for 5G trials in the 3400–3800 MHz
Communications and 25.25–29.5 GHz bands; and the State Commission on
and Mass Radio Frequencies is expected to make decisions about
Communications further test licnece awards covering various operators
and the 3400–4200 MHz band, 4400_4990 MHz band and
24.25–29.5 GHz band in its meeting on 31 October. The
outcome is not known. However, Russia has yet to sort
out long-term 5G spectrum licensing formally. Operators
MegaFon and Rostelecom have been looking at the
potential to deploy 5G in the 3400–3600 MHz and 26 GHz
bands.

Speaking in September 2018, the Minister stated that ‘by


the end of the year it is planned to develop a concept for
the creation and development of 5G/IMT-2020 networks in
Russia’ and ‘in 2019 to determine radio frequency bands
and approve the development plan for 5G networks.’
Saudi Arabia Communications CITC allocated a total of 80 MHz of spectrum across the
and Information 700 MHz, 800 MHz and 1800 MHz bands to STC, Zain and
Technology Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) in an auction held on 11 February
Commission (Saudi 2018. Bands are suitable for next generation wireless high-
Arabia) (CITC) speed data services across Saudi Arabia.
Singapore lnfocomm Media IMDA is considering the following bands for future 5G
Development deployments: 800 MHz, 1427–1518 MHz, 3400–3600 MHz
Authority (IMDA) and 24.25–29.5 GHz.
Slovakia Office for Regulation RU has awarded 3600–3800 MHz licences (non-specified
of Electronic purpose). The regulator also launched a consultation on
Communications & the 26 GHz and 29 GHz bands for 5G. RU is additionally
Postal Services (RU) considering allocating spectrum at 700 MHz after
freeing it up from use by digital TV. In May 2018, RU
launched an auction for spectrum in the 10 GHz band,
with the spectrum designated for public wireless access
communications.
Slovenia Agency for Slovenia has launched a public consultation for the
communication allocation of spectrum in the 700 MHz band for 4G and 5G
networks and services.
services

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South Africa Independent ICASA held its first 5G forum meeting to discuss how to
Communications implement 5G in the country in 2017. The regulator plans
Authority of South to auction the 825–830 MHz and 870–875 MHz bands in
Africa (ICASA) 2019. Public hearings regarding the draft IMT850 Radio
Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan (RFSAP) for the
frequency bands 825 MHz to 830 MHz and 870 MHz to 875
MHz were held in early September 2018.

A public announcement at the ITU’s Telecom World


Conference in Durban in September 2018 by ICASA’s
president indicated plans to license 700 MHz, 800 MHz and
2.6 GHz for mobile services; though no detailed timetable
has yet been announced. In October 2018, as part of a
deal to end a legal dispute and to enable the country
to move forward with licensing, ICASA revoked historic
notices issued in 2016 calling for applications for licences
to provide broadband FWA services using these spectrum
bands.

The Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services


has also said it is likely that spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band
will be licensed for 5G, but licensing is not likely until after
WRC-19.

In October 2018, Telecoms Minister Cwele promised 4G


auctions by April 2019 and 5G auctions in 2020.
South Korea Ministry of Science South Korea held its first 5G auction in the 3.5 GHz and
and ICT 28 GHz bands on 15 June 2018. SK Telecom and KT each
acquired 100 MHz in the 3.5 GHz band, the maximum
amount allowed per operator, while LG Uplus won 80 MHz;
in the 28 MHz band, each operator won 800 MHz.
Spain The Ministry of The Ministry of Economy and Enterprise has published
Energy, Tourism a roadmap for release of 700 MHz spectrum (currently
and Digital Agenda used for digital TV) by June 2020. A public tender of
(MINETAD) the spectrum is expected before that date, with recent
ministerial announcements suggesting an auction date in
early 2019.

In July 2018, Spain ran an auction of the 3.6–3.8 GHz


spectrum band for use for 5G services. A total of 200 MHz
was auctioned, with three operators winning spectrum.
Orange España separately gained spectrum at 3.5 GHz in
an auction in 2016.
Sweden Swedish Post and PTS plans to auction spectrum at 2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz for
Telecom Authority mobile broadband and 5G services in 2019 or earlier in a
(PTS) joint assignment. A consultation process was under way in
October 2018.

PTS has also initiated consultations on the demand for


5G frequencies in the 24.25–27.5 GHz bands. PTS has
additionally launched an auction for spectrum in the 700
MHz band for mobile broadband services due to complete
in December 2018.

In October 2018, PTS asked for unused municipal licences


in the 3.5 GHz band to be returned.

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Switzerland Federal In July 2018 the Swiss Federal Communications
Communications Commission launched an invitation to a tender for
Commission spectrum in the 700 MHz, 1400 MHz, 2600 MHz and
3500–3800 MHz bands. Whilst suitable for 5G they are
being auctioned on a technology neutral basis, with the
auction due in January 2019.
Taiwan The National NCC has opened a public consultation on the allocation
Communications of spectrum in the 3400–3600 MHz, 3600–3800 MHz and
Commission (NCC) 3800–4200 MHz bands for 5G in 2020. It is also formally
considering the 28 GHz band.
Thailand National NBTC concluded an auction of spectrum at 1800 MHz
Broadcasting and and 900 MHz in August 2018, though not all blocks sold.
Telecommunications A second round auction of spectrum at 900 MHz was
Commission (NBTC) completed in October 2018.

A further auction of spectrum at 1800 MHz is expected in


early 2019.

NBTC plans a technology neutral auction of spectrum in


the 2600 MHz band (80 MHz) and 700 MHz by 2020.

The regulator is also considering awarding spectrum in the


3.5 GHz, 26 GHz or 28 GHz ranges.

Meanwhile, according to the Bangkok Post, the NBTC has


drafted (but at the time of writing not yet fully approved)
a regulation recalling unused spectrum in the 1500 MHx,
2300 MHz and 2600 MHz bands, with a view to reallocation
via auction for provision of 5G services.
Tanzania Tanzania In June 2018, Tanzania held a 700 MHz band auction which
Communications was aimed at promotion, enhancement and facilitation
Regulatory Authority of innovation for new ICT services and technologies to be
deployed in the band.
UAE Telecommunications TRA is considering an early deployment of 5G in the
Regulatory Authority following bands: 1427–1518 MHz, 3300–3800 MHz and
(TRA) 24.25–27.5 GHz. In addition, the 40 GHz range will be
considered for 5G beyond 2020.
UK Office of Ofcom issued an update to its 5G strategy, saying that
communications would continue its work to free radio spectrum in the
(Ofcom) 700 MHz, 3.6–3.8 GHz and 26 GHz bands (as well as
considering whether spectrum in the 66–71 GHz bands
may be viable) for 5G. In March 2018, Ofcom allocated
spectrum in the 3.4 GHz band (3410–3480 MHz and 3500–
3580 MHz) for 5G. In July 2018, Ofcom revealed it is making
licence-exempt spectrum available in the 66–71 GHz band,
which could be used for future 5G services.

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USA Federal In the USA, any bands already used for mobile service
Communications can also be deployed for 5G – the FCC doesn’t require any
Commission (FCC) particular technology, and the choice is driven by carriers.
This means multiple historic auctions are relevant for 5G
including but not limited to those for spectrum at 2.5 GHz
(March 1996), 28 GHz (March 1998 and May 1999) and 39
GHz (May 2000).

The FCC has been recently and is currently undertaking


a range of activities with a view to opening up extra
spectrum for mobile use. The Spectrum Frontier order
dated 16 November 2017 makes an additional 1.7 GHz
of mmWave spectrum in the 24 GHz and 47 GHz bands
available for flexible terrestrial wireless use. It also
maintains previously adopted spectrum allocations for
mobile use in the 28 GHz, 37 GHz and 39 GHz bands,
and unlicensed use between 64 GHz and 71 GHz. It also
auctioned off the 600 MHz band.

In October 2018, the FCC decided to alter the licensing


structure for the 3.5 GHz (3550–3700 MHz) band, allocated
for Citizens Broadband Radio Service. Among other
things, it decided to increase the size of the licensing
areas, extend the length of licence terms, and make
them renewable, with a view to making the licences more
attractive to 5G investors. It is consulting on adding mobile
broadband use to existing (satellite) uses allowable in the
3.7–4.2 GHz spectrum range.

In October 2018, the commission issued a notice of


proposed rulemaking that would open up the 5.925–
6.425 GHz and 6.425–7.125 GHz bands for unlicensed
use, subject to establishing a mechanism to prevent
interference with incumbent services. It specifically
anticipates – depending upon the part of the spectrum
concerned – the use of low or standard power WiFi or
variants of LTE for indoor or outdoor use. The FCC plans to
hold an auction of spectrum in the 28 GHz band (27.5–
28.35 GHz) and 24 GHz band (24.25–24.45 and 24.75–25.25
GHz) starting in November 2018. In early November it
announced that 40 bidders had qualified for the 28 GHz
auction and that it has received 58 complete applications
for the subsequent 24 GHz auction.

The FCC is considering opening up the 4.9 GHz public


safety band possibly for more 5G access and support
robotic and drone operations in the future. FCC is formally
considering making 3700–4200 MHz mid-band frequencies
available for 5G. In May 2018, FCC announced plans to
auction the spectrum not already licensed in the 2.5 GHz
band (2496–2690 MHz) for additional educational licences.
In June 2018, FCC announced that it is also considering
making an additional 2.75 GHz of the 26 and 42 GHz bands
available for 5G.

On 3 August 2018, it proposed steps towards the auction


of spectrum in the 37 (37.6–38.6) GHz, 39 (38.6–40) GHz
and 47 GHz bands for 5G, IoT and advanced services.

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Vietnam Ministry of The Ministry of Information and Communications is
Information and formally considering auctioning the 700 MHz and 2600
Communications MHz bands in the coming year that will be in principle
technology neutral. Specifically for 5G, the Ministry has
stated that the 24.25–27.5 GHz and 27–43.5 GHz bands are
of interest and (whole or partly) could be made available
for 5G services pending international developments.

Completed 5G spectrum auctions and allocations


Eight countries have already auctioned/allocated/licensed spectrum usable
for 5G on a long-term basis. Auctions since the last issue of this report
have occurred in Finland (3410–3800 MHz) in October and in Italy, also in
October (3600–3800 MHz and 26 GHz).

Table 5 lists the key 5G auctions/allocations that have already taken place.

Table 5: Completed 5G auctions

Region/country Authority Spectrum bands Licensing Auction/


basis (e.g. award
exclusive date
5G, mobile
broadband
etc)
Finland FICORA 3410–3800 MHz 5G October
2018
Italy Autorità per le 700 MHz 5G September
Garanzie nelle 2018
Comunicazioni 3600–3800 MHz 5G October
(AGCOM) 2018
Ireland Commission for 3600 MHz Mobile 2017
Communications broadband
Regulation (ComReg) including 5G
Latvia Public Utilities 3400–3450 MHz 5G 2017
Commission and 3650–3700
MHz

3550–3600 MHz 5G September


2018
South Korea Ministry of Science 3420–3700 MHz 5G June 2018
and ICT (MSIT) and 26.5–28.9 GHz
Mexico Federal Institute of 2500–2690 MHz 4G and 5G August 2018
Telecommunications (TDD and FDD
(IFT) blocks)
Spain The Ministry of Energy, 3600–3800 MHz 5G July 2018
Tourism and Digital
Agenda (MINETAD)
UK Office of 3400 MHz 5G 2018
communications
(Ofcom)

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Other recent potentially 5G-suitable spectrum awards (i.e. that have not been
specifically set aside for 5G or LTE and 5G) are shown in Table 6.

Table 6: Recent awards/allocations of potentially 5G-suitable spectrum (2015 onwards)

Region/country Authority Spectrum bands Licensing Auction/


basis (e.g. award
exclusive date
5G, mobile
broadband
etc)
Czechia Czech 3600–3800 MHz High speed July 2017
telecommunications mobile data
Office (CTU) services
Germany Bundesnetzagentur 700 MHz Mobile 2015
broadband (spectrum
available
from 2019)
Greece Hellenic 24.5–26.5 GHz Fixed wireless 2017
Telecommunications access
and Post Commission
(EETT)
Norway Norwegian 900 MHz Mobile services 2017
Communications
Authority (Nkom)
Saudi Arabia Communications 700 MHz, 800 MHz, Next generation 2018
and Information 1800 MHz wireless high-
Technology speed data
Commission (Saudi services
Arabia) (CITC)
Spain Ministry of Energy, 3.5 GHz Mobile 2016
Tourism and Digital broadband
Agenda services
Tanzania Tanzania 700 MHz For ICT services 2018
Communications
Regulatory Authority
Thailand National 850 MHz, 1800 MHz Digital August 2018
Broadcasting and infrastructure (not all
Telecommunications blocks sold)
Commission (NBTC)
900 MHz Digital October
infrastructure 2018
USA* Federal 600 MHz Technology 2017
Communications neutral
Commission (FCC)

* Note that due to the typically technology neutral status of licences in the USA, multiple historic auctions are
relevant for 5G including 2.5 GHz (March 1996), 28 GHz (March 1998 and May 1999) and 39 GHz (May 2000)
and others. See: https://www.fcc.gov/auctions for full details

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Figure 1: Countries that have recently completed auctions or allocations of 5G or technology-
neutral spectrum

Planned 5G auctions and their dates


Sixteen countries have formally announced plans to auction 5G spectrum
between 2018 and the end of 2020. Fourteen countries have planned
spectrum allocations in bands that can potentially be used for 5G.

Table 7: Confirmed 5G auctions and their dates 2018 to 2020

Region/ Authority Spectrum Licensing Auction/


country bands basis (e.g. award date
exclusive
5G, mobile
broadband
etc)
Australia Australian 3575–3700 MHz 5G November
Communication and 2018
Media Authority (ACMA)
Australia Australian 24.25–27.25 5G Q3/4 2020 /
Communication and GHz (subject to Q1/2 ACMA
Media Authority (ACMA) consultation) FT2020/21
Austria Austrian Regulatory 3400–3800 MHz 5G February
Authority for 2019
Broadcasting and
Telecommunications
(RTR)
Austria Austrian Regulatory 700 MHz, 1500 5G Q2 2019 at
Authority for MHz, 2100 MHz the earliest
Broadcasting and
Telecommunications
(RTR)
Belgium Belgian Institute for Post 700 MHz; 3400– 5G 2019
and Telecommunications 3800 MHz; 1500
MHz (SDL)

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Region/ Authority Spectrum Licensing Auction/
country bands basis (e.g. award date
exclusive
5G, mobile
broadband
etc)
Canada Innovation, Science and 3450–3650 MHz 5G 2020
Economic Development
Canada
Chile Subtel To be confirmed 5G 2018
France Regulatory Authority 3400–3800 MHz 5G 2018
for Electronic
Communications and
Posts (ARCEP)
Germany Bundesnetzagentur 1920–1980 5G Q1 2019
MHz/2110–2170
MHz and 3400–
3700 MHz
Greece Hellenic 3400–3800 MHz 5G 2019
Telecommunications and
Post Commission (EETT)
Hong Kong OFCA 3300–3400 MHz; 5G 2019
3400–3600 MHz;
4830–4930 MHz;
24.25–28.35 GHz
Hungary National Media and 700 MHz; 3400– 5G Q3 2019
Infocommunications 3800 MHz
Authority
Japan MIC (MIC has yet to 3.6–4.2, 4.4–4.9 5G 2019
confirm all the details and 27–29.5 GHz
related to release of this
spectrum)
Netherlands Ministry of Economic 700 MHz; 1400 4G and 5G Late 2019/
Affairs MHz; 2100 MHz early 2020
Poland Digitalization Ministry 700 MHz 5G 2020

Romania National Authority 700 MHz 5G 2019


for Management
and Regulation in
Communications
(ANCOM)
Sweden Swedish Post and 700 MHz 5G Registrations
Telecom Authority (PTS) open; auction
due to
complete
December
2018
Sweden Swedish Post and 2300 MHz and Mobile 2019
Telecom Authority (PTS) 3400–3800 MHz broadband and
5G
Taiwan The National 3400 MHz; 3600 5G 2020
Communications MHz; 28 GHz
Commission (NCC)

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Table 8: Other planned auctions for potentially 5G-suitable bands 2018 to 2020

Region/ Authority Spectrum Licensing Auction/


country bands basis (e.g. award
exclusive date
5G, mobile
broadband
etc)
Brazil Brazilian National 700 MHz; Technology 2019
Telecommunications 2300–2400 MHz; neutral
Agency (ANATEL) 3400–3600 MHz
Canada Innovation, Science and 614–698 MHz Technology March 2019
Economic Development neutral
Canada
Canada Innovation, Science and 3500 MHz Technology 2020
Economic Development neutral
Canada
Czechia Czech 700 MHz; 3500 Wireless Anticipated
Telecommunication MHz broadband 2019 (700
Office (CTU) service MHz to be
released
2020)
Colombia Ministry of Information 700 MHz; 1900 Technology Tentatively
and Communications MHz neutral 2018
Technologies (MinTIC)
Ghana National 800 MHz Mobile services December
Communications 2018
Authority
Hong Kong Office of the 900 MHz and Public mobile December
Communications 1800 MHz telecom services 2018
Authority (OFCA)
Malaysia Malaysian 700 MHz Mobile 2018
Communications and broadband
Multimedia Commission services
(MCMC)
Norway Norwegian 700 MHz; 2100 Mobile services Autumn
Communications MHz 2019
Authority (Nkom)
Slovakia Office for the 10 GHz (10.15– Public wireless Underway
Regulation of Electronic 10.65 GHz) access
Communications and communications
Postal Services to provide
services to end
users
South Africa Independent 825–830 and IMT 2019
Communications 870–875 MHz
Authority of South Africa
(ICASA)
Sweden Swedish Post and 700 MHz Mobile Underway
Telecom Authority (PTS) broadband at end
services September
2018 –
due to
complete in
December
2018

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Region/ Authority Spectrum Licensing Auction/
country bands basis (e.g. award
exclusive date
5G, mobile
broadband
etc)
Switzerland Swiss Federal Council 700 MHz; 1400 Technology Invitation
MHz; 3500–3600 neutral to tender
MHz; 3600–3800 under way,
MHz; 2600 MHz auction due
to complete
January
2019
Thailand National Broadcasting 900 MHz, 1800 Digital Early 2019
and Telecommunications MHz (blocks infrastructure
Commission (NBTC) unsold in August
2018 auction)

700 MHz; 2600 Technology By 2020


MHz neutral
USA Federal Comunnications 24 GHz; 28 GHz Technology 2018
Commission (FCC) (unassigned neutral
licences); 2500
MHz

Figure 2: Countries with confirmed (timetable specified) forthcoming 5G (or technology-neutral)


spectrum auctions or allocations

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Summary
As the widespread commercial introduction of 5G approaches, the number
of 5G spectrum-related initiatives by telecom regulators around the world
is growing rapidly. While only a handful of countries have yet allocated any
spectrum specifically for 5G services, that number is expected to grow rapidly.
At least 10 5G-relevant auctions in different bands are due to complete in
2018. At least 23 additional 5G-relevant auctions are planned between 2019
and the end of 2020. Those numbers will rise further. GSA will track and
report on progress in future updates of this report.

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