Watchdog cuts spectrum usage fees by 60%

22 Mar 2012

The Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic (TU SR) has published a binding regulation which reduces usage rights fees for a comprehensive range of wireless frequencies, effective from 1 April 2012. The measure forms part of a progressive reduction of spectrum usage fees by an overall figure of 60%, and follows the first-phase cut in fees effective on 1 January 2012. Under the latest version of Slovakia’s Act on Electronic Communications, which entered force in October 2011, the European regulatory framework takes into account that the regulator’s collected payments for multiple networks and services, and rights to use numbering and frequency resources may exceed the necessary costs for the regulation of electronic communications. An additional reason for reducing payments is to encourage telecoms operators to invest in expanding network coverage and improving services to benefit end-users, the TU SR said in a statement.