Asia News (Q1-2018)
Summary of tower industry news across Asia
January - March 2018
Australia: Government to auction 3.6 GHz band for future 5G rollouts
On 8 March, the Australian government announced that 125 MHz of spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band will be sold at competitive auction, in anticipation of 5G service provisioning. Currently the band is used in the country for fixed satellite service earth stations, point-to-point links and site-based wireless broadband services. The auction is expected to take place in October.
Bangladesh: Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission holds spectrum auction
The February auction in Dhaka is paving way for 4G rollouts in Bangladesh. Market leader Telenor spent US$155mn on the 1800MHz band, while Banglalink picked up both 2100MHz and 1800MHz bands for a total of US$308.6mn.