Monday 15 June 2020

Finland now has Ideal 5G Spectrum Allocation

Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom reported that the 26 GHz spectrum auction ended on 8 June 2020 and three frequency bands of 800 megahertz were auctioned. This now means that all three layers (coverage, capacity and high-throughput), ideally required for 5G rollouts has been allocated in Finland as can be seen in the picture below.

The government grants licences on the basis of the outcome of the auction. The frequency range can be used for the construction of 5G networks from 1 July 2020. The licences are valid until 31 December 2033.

Finland's position as a top 5G country will be further strengthened by allocating more frequencies for 5G use. Additional frequencies for new technology communications networks provide more capacity and very high speeds for communication links.

Each operator paid 7 million Euros for the spectrum. More details are available here.

5G Observatory reported that, the lowest 850 MHz part of the pioneer band (24.25-25.1 GHz) will be reserved for local and/or regional vertical players and research & development or educational usage.

Big shots from Nokia we quick to announce how operators can provide multi-Gigabit throughput using this newly acquired spectrum.

Back in October 2018, the operators had received spectrum in C-band as reported here.

Back in November 2016, Finnish operators spent €66m to acquire paired 10MHz bandwidth of the 700 MHz spectrum auction. Capacity media reported:

Finnish operators have paid more than €66 million to acquire new 700MHz spectrum in the country’s latest auction.

Telia Company, DNA and Elisa each splashed out €22 million to secure 2x10 MHz of frequencies, with licenses running from February 2017 until the end of 2033.
The auction ran until 24 November with licenses payable across five annual instalments. The fee agreed was the reserve price set by the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, which offered six pairs of frequency blocks of 5MHz each.

To secure the licenses, the operators agreed to provide 4G coverage to at least 99% of Finland’s population by 2020, although both DNA and Elisa said they had already hit the target with their existing networks. Telia, which operates under the Sonera name, said its coverage is 97% at this time.

DNA said it will used the spectrum to build up its 4G capacity in sparsely populated areas, while Elisa promised to start construction of 700-MHz-enabled 4G networks next year.

Since then Telia has re branded all their networks to Telia.

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