The Russian government’s planned auction of regional 1800MHz frequencies is expected to commence on 29 September, Com News reports, noting that the final approval order is likely to be signed off on 3 July. The window for applications will be open between 27 July and 19 August, and if everything goes to plan, the results will be published on 9 October, with a run-off auction pencilled in for 19 October, if required. Licences could then be handed over to the winning bidders on 28 October.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the government will auction frequencies in the 1710MHz–1785MHz and 1805MHz–1880MHz (‘1800MHz’) spectrum range 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. The reserve 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.