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The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority has concluded its auction of the 700MHz band, raising €66m. The EU is pushing for a coordinated approach to assigning this spectrum by 2020 to ensure that the benefits of 5G services can be realized.


  • Despite the advantages that this technology-neutral spectrum provides, none of the European auctions for the 700MHz band conducted so far has led to the bidding war that some might have anticipated.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the results of the Finnish 700MHz spectrum auction.
  • Evaluates the impact of the EC extending the deadline for assigning the 700MHz band to wireless broadband.

Key questions answered

  • How do the Finnish 700MHz auction results compare with others in the EU?
  • What is the impact of the EC introducing an extension to the refarming deadline for the 700MHz band?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • The 700MHz band continues to struggle to excite mobile operators
  • A two-year extension to the EC’s 700MHz refarming deadline limits the chances of a coordinated 5G approach
  • National circumstances need to be considered to set realistic timelines for spectrum reassignment


  • Further reading
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