Luxembourg

Information current as of 31 May 2019

What is the state of 5G deployment in Luxembourg?

5G will not be available before 2020 and full commercial deployment is not expected before 2022. In 2020, the initial deployment will start through five pilot projects chosen by the Luxembourg government.

Which telcos and communications players are launching 5G services?

A public consultation with all players was launched in March 2019. To apply for a 5G license you need first to be registered as an operator in Luxembourg. A registration request should be filed with the ILR (Luxembourg Institute of Regulation). The first tests of the 5G network were done in May by Tango and Telindus (part of Tango group).

Are there any public tenders for spectrum licences?

Yes.

What are the conditions?

According to the prime minister, the costs related to 5G in Luxembourg are estimated at EUR 170m for the mobile operators.

What has the government said regarding spectrum licences for commercial use?

Assignment of the 700 MHz and 3.6 GHz frequencies is scheduled for the second half 2019, but should not enter into a commercial phase before 2020. The 26 GHz frequencies are expected to become available in the second half 2020. The licences should be granted either for 20 years or for 15 years, with five more years of tacit reconduction.

Are the rules for 5G already drafted, and if so, what do they say?

Not yet. In March 2019, the Luxembourg government and the ILR started a public consultation and will share all information on licences later during the year. No information is available so far.

What are or would be the rules for granting competitors access to the new 5G networks, once they are deployed?

It is too early to say what the rules might be as we await the results of the public consultation carried out in March 2019.