Slovakian regulator calls FWA tender to boost internet access

1 Apr 2009

Slovakia’s Telecommunications Office (TU SR) has released an invitation to tender for the allocation of frequencies for building and operating public fixed wireless access (FWA) networks in the 10GHz spectrum band. Concessions are up for grabs in 15 localities: Kezmarok, Komarno, Krupina, Levice, Levoca, Myjava, Namestovo, Revuca, Roznava, Ruzomberok, Sobrance, Topolcany, Grand Krtis Vranov, Toplou and Zarnovica, valid for ten years. The tender follows 2008’s successful auction of FWA 10GHz licences in 16 other localities, and the regulator hopes that the licensing will support the development of broadband internet and other local access services. The minimum bid for a single 2×7MHz frequency block is set at EUR665 (USD883), with six blocks available in each region, and candidates must submit their bids by 15 April 2009.