Moldovan regulator the National Agency for Regulations of Telecommunications and Information has announced that the closing date for bids for the country’s third GSM licence will be 20 December 2006. The fee for the concession, which will cover the whole of Moldova and will be valid for 15 years, has already been set at USD8 million. Both domestic and foreign firms are invited to participate in the tender, which will take place in two stages.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, two cellcos, Voxtel and Moldcell, already operate in the country, serving 1.1million subscribers between them at June 2006. A third operator, Moldtelecom, was issued with a CDMA licence in June, and intends to launch services by the end of the year.