Implementing 5G communication services is on the government’s agenda. For this purpose, the government has set out three phases:
- Phase 1: Implementation of the first pre-commercial 5G trial installations by mid-2018.
- Phase 2: Achieving the interim goal of an almost nationwide availability of ultrafast broadband network (100 Mbit/s) by the end of 2020.
- Phase 3: Bringing 5G service availability to main traffic routes by the end of 2023; accomplishing nationwide 5G availability by the end of 2025.
While Phase 1 has already been completed, 5G deployment is now in Phase 2, which is divided into two stages:
- Awarding the frequencies in the range 3.4 GHz - 3.8 GHz (“Pioneer Band”)
- Awarding the frequencies in the ranges 700 MHz, 1500 MHz and 2100 MHz (“Multiband”)
The 3.4 GHz - 3.8 GHz frequencies have been awarded to seven bidders in early 2019 based on a public tender for spectrum licences.
On 11 December 2019, the regulatory authority published the tender documentation for the second stage of the 5G award (700, 1500 and 2100 MHz frequency bands). The application period for this procedure will end on 26 February 2020. The award is scheduled for April 2020.