COVID-19 Postponed Second Part of Austrian 5G Auction
Austrian regulator RTR said that it has set the second half of August as the new date to start the 5G auction. The regulator was forced to postpone the move due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The second 5G auction in Austria will award frequencies in the 700 MHz, 1,500 MHz and 2,100 MHz bands. The state should earn at least 239.3 million from the auction EUR. A previous auction of spectrum in the 3.4GHz to 3.8GHz band was held in March 2019, with seven successful bidders and generating 188 million EUR.
The government aims for main traffic routes to have 5G services available by the end of 2023, and to have “virtually nationwide” 5G coverage by the end of 2025. 700 MHz licences will include coverage of 900 underserved communities with speeds of 30 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload and 90% of federal and state roads to enjoy at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload.