Plans for the rollout of 5G have also taken an important step forward in Spain. The Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda has called for the auction of the 3.6–3.8 GHz frequency band in which the new 5G mobile communications technology will be developed. Interested operators had until 29 June 2018 to submit their applications to participate in the auction.
The maximum limit of frequencies available to a single operator in the 3.4–3.8 GHz band was set at 120MHz on 20 April by the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda. The concessions will have a duration of 20 years, so that the successful bidder will have a stable framework to undertake with certainty the necessary investments to deploy new 5G networks.
This auction is part of the 5G 2018-2020 National Plan published on 1 December 2017, the main objective of which is to place Spain among the most advanced in the development of this new technology. 5G technology is not only the new paradigm of mobile communications, but will be an essential technological component in the digital transformation (it will allow the development of the Internet of Things, big data, robotics and virtual reality) with a cross-sectoral effect on society and the economy.