While it was supposed to take place in March of last year and was postponed because of the health crisis, the auction of 5G frequencies began on Tuesday, September 29, at a price of 2.17 billion euros, although this could have been postponed again . It is time to take stock of this first day and Orange has already decided to position itself on 5 additional blocks. This is the maximum that the operator can claim.
85 million euros in the 10 MHz block for 5G
On the first day of the auction, 4 rounds were carried out and contested by the four large French operators. You must share the 11 additional 10 MHz blocks with a maximum of 5 blocks each. When the auction opened, each block was offered at a price of 70 million euros; they will be offered again on Wednesday at the initial price of 90 million euros per block.
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To date, Orange has positioned itself as a leader by bidding on 5 blocks. SFR saw it less big on 5G by betting on just 3 blocks, just like Bouygues Telecom. Free him with just two blocks back.
More than a billion euros in revenue for the state?
At the start of a fifth betting round, no operator has yet bought a block. For the end of the auction it is therefore necessary that the number of inquiries from operators is 11 compared to the current 13.
As soon as the auction is over, sales could exceed a billion euros as stated Clubic. Indeed, there could be several more rounds of auctions for these 5G blocks, increasing by 3 million euros between each of the prices for a block. This is less than for this Tuesday, the price actually increased by 5 million euros.
It remains to be seen how the four operators will manage to get along. Remember that they all already have a first block of 50 MHz.