Italy presses ahead with 5G auction

@ 2018/06/14
Even though TV Tsars don't agree

Italy will go ahead with a planned auction of frequencies for fifth-generation (5G) mobile service and issues raised by some sector players can be resolved, a commissioner at the national communications authority AGCOM said on Thursday.

Private broadcaster Mediaset and media group Cairo Communication have filed an appeal with a regional court against the rules set for the auction, sources have said.

Several TV groups currently use the frequencies including Mediaset, state broadcaster RAI and Cairo’s La7 Channel, which would all have to free up them up once they came up for auction.

“The auction will happen, and I believe that the concerns raised by some operators can be addressed with some technical adjustments at the ministry level”, AGCOM commissioner Antonio Nicita said at an event in Rome.

The sale of the frequencies is expected to raise at least 2.5 billion euro ($2.96 billion) for state coffers.

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