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Bite wants a taste of Lithuania’s 5G market

Bite Lithuania has set out its ambitions to launch 5G services by the end of this year.

The telco has been awarded spectrum in the 3.5GHz and the 700MHz bands by the Communications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lithuania (RRT), as the 700MHz spectrum launch concluded.

Bite paid €3m ($2.9m) for a 100MHz radio frequency block in the 3,400MHz to 3,500MHz range, plus an additional €3m ($2.9m) for 2 × 5MHz in the 700MHz block.

It comes fresh off the back of rival telco Tele2 Lithuania outlining plans to launch its commercial 5G services last month. Tele2 Lithuania was also awarded spectrum in the 3.5GHz band for €3 million ($2.9m) in the 100MHz radio frequency block, and €3.9m ($3.87m) for 2 x 5MHz in the 700MHz band.

But both were outbid by domestic rival Telia Lietuva, with the telco reportedly investing €7m ($6.94m) for spectrum in the same 100MHz block, and snapping up the 2 x 10MHz block in the 700MHz band for €23m ($22.82m).

Spectrum licenses in Lithuania are valid for 20 years, with winners subject to certain obligations, such as the requirement to launch commercial 5G services in at least one city within six months and in all five of Lithuania’s largest five cities Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai, and Panevezys by the close of 2023. Data Center Dynamics

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