Moldova launches public consultation on new 3G licence

5 Aug 2013

Moldovan regulator, the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI), has announced the launch of a public consultation on the authorisation of frequencies in the 1900MHz-1980MHz and 2110MHz-2170MHz spectrum bands for 3G technology use. Under the terms set out by the draft document, the spectrum available for use is listed as follows:

• 2×14.8MHz paired blocks (frequency division duplex, FDD) in the 1964.9MHz-1979.7MHz and 2154.9MHz-2169.7MHz frequency bands; and

• one 5MHz block (time division duplex, TDD) in the 1909.9MHz-1914.9MHz spectrum band.

The ANRCETI has indicated that the assigned frequencies will be authorised for 3G UMTS, and CDMA2000 use. According to a press release, the 3G licence will be granted through a public auction open to domestic and foreign companies; however, network operators already holding authorisation for spectrum usage in the 1900MHz and 2100MHz frequency bands will not be allowed to participate in the tender. The licence fee will be determined following the auction; the starting price has been announced as MDL6.2 million (USD494,195), which was established by Decision No.116, dated 11 February 2013.

The watchdog has announced a deadline of 23 August 2013 for interested parties to post their comments on the topic, while the 3G tender is scheduled to start on 16 September 2013.

Moldova, ANRCETI