Cyprus cancels 2600MHz licence tender

14 Oct 2013

The Republic of Cyprus’s Department of Electronic Communications, part of the Ministry of Communications and Works (MCW), has cancelled the tender for communication network licences using the 2600MHz frequency band, as no requests for participation in the auction had been received. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the Ministry set a deadline of 12 September 2013 for interested parties to submit their applications, which was later extended to 25 September 2013; the MCW also 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 was 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 indicated at the time that there were three available FDD concessions in the 2500MHz-2520MHz/2620MHz-2640MHz, 2525MHz/2545MHz/2645MHz-2665MHz and 2550MHz-2570MHz/2670MHz-2690MHz paired spectrum bands.