Anyone meeting the conditions of participation may bid. The winners will receive the usage rights for 15 years, which may be extended once for an additional 5 years. NMHH determined the elements of the frequency set of more than 400 MHz on offer based on the expected market interest and relying on industry-wide consultation. Considering that the 700 MHz frequency band is currently used for television broadcasting, mobile services may only be provided in this frequency band after the conversion of the television broadcasting, i.e. from September 2020.
Total lots available in the auction:
- two 25 MHz lots in the 700 MHz frequency band (to be used in tandem because of the access method) with a starting price of HUF 4 billion (approx. EUR12 million);
- two 15 MHz lots in the 2100 MHz frequency band (to be used in tandem because of the access method) with a starting price of HUF 4 billion (approx. EUR12 million);
- 15 MHz in the 2600 MHz frequency band with a starting price of HUF 1 billion (approx. EUR3 million);
- 310 MHz in the 3600 MHz frequency band with a starting price of HUF 1.5 billion (approx. EUR4.5 million).
On 13 September 2019, NMHH approved Magyar Telekom, Telenor Hungary and Vodafone Hungary's participation in the spectrum auction, but it didn't admit the application of Digi Hungary’s parent company, Digi Communications, as the operator failed to meet the auction's eligibility criteria. Such decision was upheld at second instance on 28 November 2019. Digi Communications said it will challenge NMHH's decision in court as it deems NMHH's move as "unfair and without legal grounds". The auction has already been delayed with regard to Digi’s appeal in the administrative procedure, but may be further delayed if the court suspend the auction on Digi’s request.