Moldova plans new wireless broadband licence auction

7 Dec 2012

Moldova’s telecom regulator, the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI), has announced that it is to auction a new wireless broadband licence, offering 50MHz of spectrum between 3750MHz and 3800MHz. According to a report from Telecompaper, the 15-year concession will be auctioned with a starting price of EUR1 (USD1.30). A commercial launch is expected within one year of the licence being issued; a winning bidder which already offers wireless services in Moldova must agree to reach 30% population coverage with the new network within 18 months, while a new entrant will be given 36 months to reach the same level of coverage. The 3600MHz-3800MHz band is generally used for WiMAX-based wireless broadband services. Moldova recently saw the award of spectrum for 2600MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G wireless services, with cellular operators Orange and Moldcell both going on to launch their first LTE networks towards the end of last month.

Moldova, ANRCETI