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Belgian revenue from 5G auctions may be re-invested into industry, De Backer says

By Matthew Newman
  • 06 Feb 2020 07:40
  • 06 Feb 2020 10:47

A plan to re-invest proceeds from Belgium's auction of frequencies for fifth-generation mobile networks into companies could unblock talks on how to distribute income from the auctions, a Belgian minister said today.

The launch of 5G auctions in the country have been delayed because of the failure to form a

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Matthew Newman

Chief Correspondent

Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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