Albanian telecoms regulator the Authority of Electronic and Postal Communications (AKEP) has approved the allocation of 1800MHz licences to Albanian Mobile Communications (AMC), Vodafone Albania and Albtelecom/Eagle, for the provision of GSM/UMTS/Long Term Evolution (LTE)/WiMAX services. Each of the trio was granted access to 2×6MHz of spectrum. AMC paid EUR4.513 million (USD4.941 million) for its concession whilst Albtelecom entered a bid of EUR4.500 million and Vodafone EUR3.400 million.
In a related development, AKEP has opened a tender for 900MHz spectrum for GSM services. Four blocks of spectrum are on offer, each consisting of 2MHz of spectrum, with a minimum bid of EUR200,000 per block. Prospective bidders have until 8 April 2015 to submit their offers.
The watchdog has also initiated a public consultation on the potential use of spectrum in the 1900MHz-1980MHz/2110MHz-2170MHz range for mobile services. AKEP is considering allocating two licences, one of 2×10MHz (1970MHz-1980MHz/2160MHz-2170MHz) and one lot of 5MHz (1915MHz-1920MHz) and is inviting opinions of the public and industry stakeholders.