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5G auction launched in mid-July

While anti-5G is being heard more and more, the Luxembourg Institute for Regulation (ILR) indicates that the allocation of frequency bands for ultra-fast mobile communications will begin in a fortnight.

While anti-5G is being heard more and more, the Luxembourg Institute for Regulation (ILR) indicates that the allocation of frequency bands for ultra-fast mobile communications will begin in a fortnight.

(DH with Mara Billo) – It is now only a matter of days. It is indeed in July that the Luxembourg Institute for Regulation (ILR) will auction the frequency bands necessary for the establishment of the fifth generation mobile network. An important milestone will thus be crossed while the covid-19 crisis had strongly slowed down an implementation whose term was initially scheduled for the end of the year. And this to follow the recommendations of the European Commission.

But if the state of crisis has upset the calendar, it has not however silenced the opponents who, via a petition, have obtained a public debate. It is therefore in this context that the operators called upon to participate in the coverage of the 5G network in the territory will be known. Organized on an online platform, the auctions will be divided into two phases. “The first concerns frequency blocks, the second their location in the spectrum,” explains Luc Tapella, director of the ILR.


It is neither competitiveness nor cybersecurity that preoccupies Jean Huss at the dawn of the introduction of the fifth generation of standards for mobile telephony. The former Green MEP stigmatizes the societal impacts that the technological transition could induce.


Five operators are running for these auctions: Eltrona, Luxembourg Online, Orange, Proximus and Post. And, inevitably, not everyone will be able to participate in future development. “To be able to offer a high-performance 5G network, sufficient bandwidth must be available,” says Cliff Konsbruck, director of Post Telecom.

In addition, “the structure of the 5G network is not only linked to the allocation of frequency bands,” says Cliff Konsbruck. “For each antenna, it is also necessary to obtain the agreement of the administration of the Environment.” Because each supplier operates its network with its own antennas, and, within the framework of the 5G network, Post specifies that it will not use more antennas than for 4G.

In terms of big money, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel (DP), in the context of a parliamentary response, had explained that the costs linked to the start-up of the 5G network in Luxembourg were evaluated at 170 million euros for mobile operators. As for the IRL, it has established reserve prices, in other words tariffs below which it will not allocate licenses. These prices amount to 562,600 euros for 2×1 MHz in the 700 MHz part and 30,000 euros for 1 MHz in the 3,600 MHz part. However, the 26 gigahertz group will not be the subject of public consultations until the fall.

“There will be 5G in urban areas of the country by the end of the year“Promised Cliff Konsbruck. Hurry up. And the opponents organize themselves.


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