Romania’s National Authority for Communications (ANC) has awarded a nationwide licence to operate WiMAX wireless broadband networks in the 3.6GHz-3.8GHz frequency band to Radiocommunications National Society (SNR, a.k.a. National Radiocommunications Company) for a payment of EUR2 million (USD2.53 million), the regulator announced in a press release. ANC president, Liviu Nistoran, signed the licence for providing public electronic communications networks and services (including voice and data) via the implementation of broadband wireless access (BWA) systems at national level. SNR was granted the right to use the 3657MHz-3685MHz and 3757MHz-3785MHz radio frequency bands under the terms of the Government Emergency Ordinance no.18/2008, and in turn SNR released the existing 3600MHz–3657MHz and 3700MHz–3757MHz bands it held. Regarding the released bands, ANC is currently conducting a comparative selection procedure in view of granting two further BWA licences.
SNR’s WiMAX rollout conditions set a minimum coverage of 50 municipalities and 20 towns, with coverage defined in relation to the number of base stations installed in certain localities, within phased deadlines in 2010, 2012 and 2013. SNR’s licence is renewable on 24 July 2011. Two more tenders for 3.6GHz-3.8GHz licences will be held in the first quarter of 2009, with a deadline for applications of 5 February 2009, delayed from an earlier schedule of 5 January 2009.