The Spanish Government will make radio frequencies in the 700 megahertz (MHz) band available to the major Mobile Telecom Operators (MTOs) and other smaller MTOs in 2020, without applying the two year grace period that was initially set by Brussels. This band of frequencies is critically important as it will be used to provide 5G services. At present this band is partially occupied by Digital Terrestrial Television transmissions. However, Spain cannot delay the transfer of such frequencies to MTOs, despite the objections of the television networks. The obligation to make these radio frequencies available to MTOs, at the latest, in 2020 arises from the inability of the Government to adhere to the specific conditions laid down by the European Parliament to qualify for the two-year delay. With estimates of the price to be paid by each successful MTO bidder being in the region of €1,500 million, such MTOs will be less pleased as this represents a premium of over 200 million on the price paid for the last digital frequencies sold in 2011. For more information, please contact Raul Rubio, Patricia Perez, Rosario Alvarez, Ignacio Vela, Alvaro Ubeda, Marta De Pablos or Cristina Monereo.