ARKEP clears path for 1800MHz allocation

26 Mar 2015

Kosovo’s telecoms sector watchdog, the Regulatory Authority for Post and Electronic Communications (ARKEP, Autoriteti Rregullator i Komunikimeve Elektronike dhe Postare), has announced that it has green-lit plans to move ahead with the allocation of 1800MHz frequencies for GSM/UMTS/Long Term Evolution (LTE)/WiMAX services. Slovenian-backed cellco IPKO filed an application for 2×15MHz of 1800MHz frequencies on 30 January, whilst state-backed rival Vala, the wireless arm of Post and Telecommunication Kosovo (PTK) submitted an expression of interest (EoI), requesting the use of an unspecified amount of additional 1800MHz airwaves on 5 February. ARKEP will now review the applications and determine the procedures and requirements for the allocation of the 1800MHz resources. The regulator stressed that the process will be non-discriminatory and transparent.