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PrimeTel granted third mobile licence in Cyprus

2 Jan 2014

The Republic of Cyprus’s Department of Electronic Communications, part of Ministry of Communications and Works (MCW), has announced that alternative fixed line telco PrimeTel has been granted the country’s third mobile communication network licence, using the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz frequency bands. According to a press release, the final licence will be issued within 30-day period, following the successful completion of the auction requirements.

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.

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