Romanian telecoms regulator the National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) and the country’s Ministry of National Defence (MapN), have initiated a public consultation regarding the release of spectrum in the 830MHz-862MHz, 1747.5MHz-1785MHz, 1842.5MHz-1880MHz and 2500MHz-2690MHz frequency bands, all of which are presently ‘partially used’ by MapN. The frequencies are set to be auctioned off by ANCOM for the provision of wireless broadband services, which the regulator hopes will enhance competition and help to extend services to rural or ‘economically inefficient’ areas.
In order for MapN to release the frequencies in question, it must re-farm the spectrum, which is currently used for aeronautical radio-navigation, military radio-communication and the surveillance of Romania’s air space. The Ministry has evaluated the cost incurred for the re-farming of these bands at EUR93 million (USD121 million) in the case of the 830MHz-862MHz band, EUR130.2 million for the 2500MHz-2690MHz band, and EUR11.2 million apiece for the 1747.5MHz-1785MHz and 1842.5MHz-1880MHz bands. The costs incurred will be partially covered by ANCOM’s budget, with the remainder likely to be derived from the associated spectrum permits sold in the auction. MapN will subsequently be obliged to release the bands within a maximum six-month time frame.