The last available national 4G license was awarded to telecom operator Citymesh by the BIPT (Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications).
The Sole Candidate
On 20 February 2020, the BIPT launched a call for candidates to participate in the auction concerning radio frequency user rights in the 4G band at 2.6 GHz. Any interested parties had until 15 May 2020 to submit applications to the BIPT. Only telecommunications operator Citymesh has submitted an application. Today BIPT announced that Citymesh has acquired its 4G license.
As the fourth operator in Belgium, Citymesh can offer 4G services nationally. The company can use 2x15 MHz in band 7 (2,6 GHz). Citymesh exclusively offers its networks on the B2B market. "This expansion of our service range is very good news," says Mitch De Geest, CEO at Citymesh. "Thanks to this license we can offer 4G services to our clients, which can evolve to 5G. Another big benefit is that this band is compatible with all existing mobile devices."The 4G license with national coverage completes Citymesh' current professional range and strengthens its position in the market. “We made this decision to ensure qualitative and sustainable growth in the long term” states Ward Van Ooteghem (Chief Solution Officer). Citymesh has been active in the telecom world for fifteen years. It is the only Belgian operator that provides clients such as Port of Zeebrugge and Brussels Airport with large-scale private networks. The company focuses on markets with a lot of potential such as industry, healthcare, logistics and private city networks.