Licence to thrill? ANCOM confirms 2H12 LTE tender

7 Oct 2011

According to MediaFax, Romanian telecoms watchdog the National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) intends to initiate a tender for four Long Term Evolution (LTE) licences in the second half of 2012. Citing comments by ANCOM president Catalin Marinescu, the news agency reports that the concessions will permit the use of frequencies in the 800MHz, 900MHz and 2600MHz spectrum bands. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, market leader Orange is the only mobile operator in the country to have received an test LTE licence to date. The permit was granted in September 2010, covering Bucharest in the 2.5GHz-2.69GHz band, and was subsequently extended until March 2011. Unconfirmed reports indicated that the company tested LTE technology on its own independently built network in Bucharest in late 2010. Meanwhile, French-US equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent staged its own independent LTE trial in Bucharest in February 2011, demonstrating transmission speeds of 100Mbps.

Romania, Orange Romania