APEK sets deadline for 4G spectrum bids

3 Jan 2014

Slovenia’s Agency for Post and Electronic Communications (APEK) has published the call for tender for the country’s upcoming 4G multi-band simultaneous licence auction of 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz spectrum. The regulator has set a deadline of 17 February 2014 for accepting bids, with a total spectrum package of 500MHz on offer. The starting prices for the bands add up to more than EUR100 million (USD137.5 million), whilst state estimates have said that the auction could yield up to a maximum of EUR200 million. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that in September 2013 Slovenia’s national frequency allocation plan entered force allowing technology- and service-neutral operations in all relevant bands, and the following month a requisite amendment to the country’s Law on Electronic Communications was sent to parliament under an ‘urgency procedure’ prompted by the threat of a fine from the European Commission (EC) for not issuing 800MHz mobile broadband frequencies earlier. The amendment allows the maximum licence duration to be extended from the existing 15 years to 20 years, amongst other provisions including the legal framework for a Combinatorial Clock Auction (CCA), which was deemed the most appropriate auction method for simultaneous multi-band licence allocations, while also adjudged the method most likely to achieve frequency prices ‘closest to real market price’, according to the wording of the parliamentary bill.