MinSvyaz chief approves terms of 1800MHz tender

18 May 2015

Nikolay Nikiforov, Russia’s Minister of Communications and Mass Media, has issued the final approval for the country’s planned tender for radio frequencies in the 1710MHz–1785MHz and 1805MHz–1880MHz (‘1800MHz’) spectrum range. As previously revealed, the watchdog will auction frequencies in the following nine regions: Amur Oblast, Orenburg Oblast, Samara Oblast, the Republic of Buryatia, the Republic of Dagestan, the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Perm Krai and Stavropol Krai and the Karachay-Cherkessia Republic.

According to a press release from MinSvyaz, the reverve prices will vary from region to region, starting at just RUB500,000 (USD10,105) and rising to RUB240.4 million for more sought-after spectrum blocks. Auction winners will be permitted to use the frequencies for GSM or Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, for a period of ten years. MinSvyaz claims that the ‘protocol on auction results’ will be signed no later than 30 September 2015, suggesting that the bidding process will conclude earlier that month.