Moldovan watchdog, the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI), has announced that the tender for allocation of additional frequencies in the 1900MHz and 2100MHz frequency bands, suitable for 3G use, has failed to attract any bids. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, ANRCETI launched the tender in September 2013; under the terms set out by the document, the spectrum available for use was listed as follows:
• Block A: 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; and
• Block B: 1×15MHz block (TDD) in the 2010MHz-2025MHz frequency band.
The ANRCETI indicated that the assigned frequencies would be authorised for 3G UMTS and CDMA2000 use for a period of 15 years. The public auction was open to domestic and foreign companies; however, network operators already holding authorisation for spectrum usage in the 1900MHz and 2100MHz frequency bands were not allowed to participate in the tender. The regulator set a deadline of 1 November for interested parties to submit their applications and announced a starting price of EUR6.2 million (USD8.4 million) for a Block A licence and EUR2 million for the Block B concession.