According to the information released on the official website of arcep, the regulatory body for the distribution of French electronic communications, postal and printing media, 17 rounds of bidding were conducted for 5g spectrum in France, and the final price of each segment was 126 million euro.
The auction of 5g spectrum in France was launched on Tuesday local time. It auctioned 11 unused spectrum segments (10MHz each) between 3.4-3.8ghz. It is planned to launch 5g commercial network in some French cities by the end of the year.
A total of four telecom operators participated in the auction of 5g spectrum in France, namely Bouygues Telecom, freemobile, orange and SFR. On the first day of auction, they held four rounds of bidding, with the price of each segment reaching 85 million euros. The following day, eight rounds of bidding were conducted, and the price of each spectrum segment was also increased to 111 million euros.
Among the four telecom operators participating in the auction, Bouygues Telecom originally planned to obtain three 5g spectrum segments, freemobile wanted two segments, orange wanted 5 segments, and SFR wanted 3 segments. A total of 13 segments were expected, exceeding the number of 5g spectrum available for auction.
The auction price of 5g spectrum is fixed at 126 million euro per segment, which means that France has obtained 1386 million euro revenue through 5g spectrum auction. In addition to the 50MHz spectrum previously allocated to four operators at a fixed price of 350 million euro, France finally obtained 2.786 billion yuan of revenue through 310MHz 5g spectrum.