PrimeTel confirmed as sole bidder for third mobile licence

3 Dec 2013

The Republic of Cyprus’s Department of Electronic Communications, part of Ministry of Communications and Works (MCW), has published Notice 13/2013, which confirmed that Cyprus’ largest alternative fixed line telco PrimeTel is the sole qualified bidder in the auction for a third mobile communication network licence using the 900MHz/1800MHz/2100MHz frequency bands. Previously, in October 2013 the company was reported as the only one to submit a bid in the tender.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the Ministry announced the launch of the auction in early June 2013, with a deadline of 24 September 2013 for interested parties to submit their applications and a security of EUR700,000 (USD915,500). Under the terms set out by the document, the spectrum available for use was listed as follows:

• 2×10MHz blocks in the 900MHz band;

• 2×24.8MHz blocks in the 1800MHz band; and

• 2×15MHz paired blocks (frequency division duplex, FDD) in the 2100MHz band.

The MCW indicated that the 900MHz and 1800MHz frequencies are best suited for 2G GSM, 3G UMTS, 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and WiMAX use. However, the regulator may allow the establishment and operation of communications networks not listed in the document, provided that such networks would not disrupt existing GSM transmissions.