Posted: September 26, 2013

Brussels, 23 September 2013 – On 14 August 2013 BIPT issued an appeal for candidates to participate in the auction of the digital dividend. Interested parties had until today 23 September 2013 to submit their applications. Three candidacies were submitted. The auction shall begin on 12 November 2013.

On 14 August 2013, BIPT launched a call for candidates to participate in the auction of  spectrum user rights in the 800 MHz frequency band. The allocation of the 800 MHz frequency band, also known as “digital dividend”, to electronic communications services is crucial to provide the population with high-speed mobile Internet. Before, the spectrum in Belgium was used for analogue terrestrial television and was released as part of the “digital dividend” that came about with the switchover from analogue to digital terrestrial television.

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The sector was invited to attend an information session on the organisation of the auction at the BIPT offices on 10 September 2013. The legislative context, the auction
rules as well as the auction timing were presented in more details. Interested parties had until today 23 September 2013 to submit their applications.

Three candidacies were submitted. The following days BIPT will analyse the admissibility of the applications. On 8 October 2013 the list of admissible candidates  shall be published. BIPT is charged with the organisation of the auction that shall begin on 12 November 2013.

Three licences are available in total, each comprising 2 x 10 MHz, for a 20-year period.  Each lot entails coverage obligations. One of the three licences includes additional obligations as regards the coverage of a number of rural areas. Only one licence can be acquired per candidate. The minimum price per licence amounts to 120 million euros. By means of the frequencies assigned, a licence shall enable its holder to roll out an 800
MHz network and to provide electronic communications services to the customers.

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