French Telecoms Authority to Tackle Skyrocketing 5G Bandwidth Prices
France’s telecoms regulator, Arcep, told Reuters this week that it is trying to tackle a dilemma relating to skyrocketing costs of 5G radio frequencies that the country’s telecom operators may need to pay.
Arcep head Sebastien Soriano says that the regulator plans to use the 3.5 GHz band out of three being offered for 5G (1.4 GHz, 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz). However, the frequencies may not be sufficient and scarcity could drive up auction prices.
Soriano explained that while mobile spectrum auctions are typically considered “easy money-makers” in times of low state revenues, the high cost could hamper much-needed investments on new mobile infrastructure which will be used to connect everything from autonomous vehicles to public transportation and smart objects under 5G technology.