Government auction 3.5GHz frequencies for 5g

Dec

24

2018

at the latest at the beginning of 2022 – update
At the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022, the Dutch government will auction a license for the frequency space in the 3,5 GHz band for use of 5 g. If providers for that time start with 5g, it will have to do without the 5G 3.5GHZ band.

Of the 400MHz in that frequency band, from 3400 to 3800MHz, 200MHz will be available per September 2022; the space between 3500 and 3700MHz. In 2026 the space between 3400 and 3500MHz will also be available, but the space between 3700 and 3800MHz will remain in use for other applications, writes State Secretary Mona Keijzer of Economic Affairs in a letter to the House of Representatives .

With the availability of 200MHz, after obtaining a license per September 2022 providers can start offering 5g on that frequency. The 3.5 GHz band seems to be one of the most important frequencies for 5 g worldwide. That band can offer a lot of speed because relatively much space is available, while the coverage is better than on the higher mmWave bands of, for example, 28GHz.

The decision makes it necessary for the satellite station of the intelligence services AIVD and MIVD to move in Burum. That is now in the Frisian Burum and works on the 3,5 GHz band. As a result, communication in the 3.5 GHz band is now not permitted above the Amsterdam-Zwolle line. An envoy from the Dutch government is now looking for another place to house the satellite station. That location is not yet known.

At the end of last week it was already revealed that the cabinet had decided to allow 5g on the 3.5 GHz band. The technical details about the use of the frequencies have already come out on Monday morning.

The auction for the 3.5 GHz band will not be the first. The first auction for 5g frequencies will take place somewhere in the next year and a half. Providers can then buy a license for, among other things, the 700MHz band, which has been in use for a long time for TV applications and which mainly makes good coverage possible in the home and in sparsely populated areas. This frequency is not very suitable for the high speeds that 5g should also offer.

Update, 11:05: The movement of the satellite station in Burum is not yet fixed, says Defense in an internal message that Fiander_work showed Tweakers. “This involves relocating abroad, because there are no interference-free locations in the Netherlands, but it is certain that there is a lot to do in the event of a relocation, with legal and technical feasibility, duration and costs being considered. Moving the ground station is not yet fixed, “Defense said. Keijzer also hints at that in her letter of parliament, but does not say so concretely.

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