The Republic of Cyprus’s Department of Electronic Communications, part of the Ministry of Communications and Works (MCW), has published the tender documents for communication network licences using the 2600MHz frequency band. The Ministry has set a deadline of 12 September 2013 for interested parties to submit their applications, and has announced a starting price of EUR2.7 million (USD3.53 million) for a Category A licence, and EUR2 million for a Category B concession. Under the terms set out by the document, the spectrum available for use is listed as follows:
• Category A: 2×20MHz paired blocks (frequency division duplex, FDD) in the 2600MHz band;
• Category B: 1×40MHz block (time division duplex, TDD) in the 2575MHz-2615MHz band
The MCW has indicated that there are three available FDD concessions in the 2500MHz-2520MHz/2620MHz-2640MHz, 2525MHz/2545MHz/2645MHz-2665MHz and 2550MHz-2570MHz/2670MHz-2690MHz paired spectrum bands. Successful bidders are required to establish and operate 4G networks covering 25% of the Republic’s territory within three years from the date of licence authorisations, and must reach 40% territorial coverage within five years from the date of their licence. By 2019, the networks should have downlink transmission speeds of at least 30Mbps.