ANCOM consults on upcoming 3.4GHz-3.8GHz auction

18 May 2015

Romanian telecoms regulator ANCOM has issued for public consultation the documents for implementing a competitive selection procedure for nationwide wireless broadband licences in the 3410-3600MHz and 3600-3800MHz bands. The four current licence holders in the 3410-3600MHz band are Orange, Vodafone, UPC and 2K Telecom (Idilis), whilst the sole 3600-3800MHz licence holder is Radiocom (National Radiocommunications Company, SNR). Rights to use the radio spectrum will come into force on 1 January 2016 for a period of ten years. Comments and proposals on the documentation must be submitted by 4 June 2015.

Authorised by Presidential decision 390/2015, ANCOM plans to hold a single selection procedure for both bands, and depending on the level of demand for each band, ANCOM will hold primary rounds and one round of bidding to determine the allocation of frequency blocks. 16 2×5MHz blocks are available in the 3.4GHz-3.6GHz range, plus 36 unpaired 5MHz blocks in the 3.6GHz-3.8GHz band. Concession winners will be required to deploy at least 25 base stations within a year of licence activation, 50 base stations after two years and 100 base stations in four years.