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Italy’s 5G auction plans face opposition

Italy’s 5G auction plans face opposition

Italy’s 5G spectrum auction plans have been cast into doubt as reports emerged that broadcasters have launched a legal appeal against rules for vacating the 700 MHz band, while separately the country’s mobile operators were tipped to boycott the whole process, notes Mobile World Live. “Within hours of each other, separate news reports emerged on Reuters and Bloomberg suggesting the auction – tipped to raise €2.5 billion for the government – would not be as straightforward as suggested when communications regulator Agcom unveiled plans in May. Sources quoted by Reuters revealed broadcasters Mediaset and Claro Communication lodged a joint appeal to an Italian court against the rules set out for the upcoming auction, which require them to clear frequencies in the 700 MHz band currently used for broadcast services by 2022.” Although vacating the frequencies is subject to EU legislation, any legal action on timelines or other issues would still likely delay the auction while the process is underway, potentially risking a “leading position” in European 5G that Italian politicians were “extremely vocal about in late 2017”. Separate reports in Bloomberg suggest the country’s mobile operators are mulling boycotting the auction altogether. “Its sources said operators believed the starting price was too high and bidding rules too rigid for them to take part as it is currently structured.” Read more

  • Monday, 25 June 2018

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