Moldova’s telecoms watchdog – the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI) – has revealed that domestic telecoms operators Orange Moldova and Moldcell have migrated their 2G networks to the 900MHz band, as outlined by Decision No.116 of 11 February 2013. The process will be carried out simultaneously by both providers in order to avoid mutual interference issues, although the transition could cause ‘temporary damage’ to 2G quality of service (QoS) in some geographical areas for a few days days. The regulator pointed out that the process will not affect 2G services offered over the 1800MHz band, or 3G and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, which operate in the 2100MHz and 2600MHz bands.
TeleGeography notes that the reallocation of radio frequencies in the 900MHz band is in accordance with the regulator’s spectrum management programme for 2013-2020, under which ANRCETI granted new licences for the operation of mobile networks in the 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum bands. Orange and Moldcell received three licences each for the use of spectrum in the 800MHz (2×10MHz), 900MHz (2×10MHz) and 1800MHz (2×25MHz) bands, while Moldtelecom was awarded 2×5MHz in the 900MHz range and 2×25MHz in the 1800MHz band. The concessions have a 15-year validity, effective 6 November 2014.