Italy launches public consultation on prospective 5G frequencies

Italian regulator, the Italian Communications Regulatory Authority has launched a public consultation to define the rules for the award of the 694-790 MHz, 3.6-3.8 GHz and 26.5-27.5 GHz frequencies.

The consultation process is consistent with the European Commission’s Action Plan for 5G in Europe (COM(2016) 588 final) and the Italian Budget Law 2018 (Law No. 205/2017). The latter, in particular, requires the Italian Regulator to establish the rules for the allocation of the rights of use concerning the said frequencies, by the end of April 2018.

5G auction in Italy is scheduled to conclude by September this year. The public consultation has been launched in the context of the upcoming public tender process through which 5G spectrum will be awarded to the operators.

The consultation process considers several aspects of the 5G auction, including: the procedures for the award of the rights of use; the definition of frequency lots and caps, tender procedures and fees; the network architectures for the use of the 5G spectrum; the duration of the rights of use; possible conditions for the efficient use of frequencies and for the protection of existing services; and the possible imposition of regulatory obligations (e.g. access, coverage).

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