Croatia gets 9 bids for 5G frequencies

By bne IntelliNews June 17, 2021

Croatia's telecommunications regulator HAKOM said on June 17 it has received nine bids in the public auction for the allocation of frequency licences for 5G mobile networks.

The auction was launched in May and HAKOM has said that will carry out three separate bidding procedures for the allocation of frequencies in the 700 MHz, 3,600 MHz and 26 GHz bands on a national level and one procedure for frequencies in the 3,600 MHz band on a regional level.

At a national level, the bidders for the frequency bands of 700 Mhz and 3600 MHz are the country's three mobile operators A1, Hrvatski Telekom and Telemach, while for the 26 Ghz frequency band, along with the trio, there is one more bidder, Italian telecom operator EOLO.

At a regional level, the bidders for the 3600 Mhz frequency band are BeeIN, Digicom, Eco Net, EOLO, Markoja and Terrakom.

The public bidding procedure for allocation of these frequency bands will start on July 12.

Licences will be granted for 15 years and could be extended by up to five years. However, new licences in the Medimurje and Varazdin counties will be issued for a shorter period of 13 years as those regions have already issued licences for 5G technology valid until 2023.

HAKOM hopes to decide to which companies to award the licences by the end of August.

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