Moldovan watchdog, the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI), has opened a public consultation on two sets of draft resolutions for the allocation of frequencies in the 2500MHz-2690MHz and 3400MHz-3800MHz frequency bands. The regulator outlined its plans to limit the number of authorisations issued in the 2500MHz-2690MHz band – which will give the winners the rights to use the spectrum for the deployment of networks using IMT-2000, UMTS (W-CDMA), Long Term Evolution (LTE) and IMT-Advanced technologies – to three: 2×20MHz paired blocks (frequency division duplex, FDD) in the 2500MHz-2520MHz/2620MHz-2640MHz band; 2×10MHz FDD blocks in the 2560MHz-2570MHz/2680MHz-2690MHz band; and 1×40MHz (time division duplex, TDD) block in the 2575MHz-2615MHz band.
Meanwhile, the regulator proposed that the authorisations in the 3400MHz-3600MHz band, suitable for broadband wireless access (BWA) and fixed wireless access (FWA) services, should be limited to eight sub-blocks of 50MHz: 3400MHz-3450MHz; 3450MHz-3500MHz; 3500MHz-3550MHz; 3550MHz-3600MHz; 3600MHz-3650MHz; 3650MHz-3700MHz; 3700MHz-3750MHz; and 3750MHz-3800MHz. The regulator has invited all interested parties to submit their comments on the topic until 17 July.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in November 2010 Moldova’s Ministry for Information and Communication Technologies (MTIC) adopted a programme to develop broadband internet access for 2010/13, including the allocation of frequencies in the 2500MHz-2690MHz and 3400MHz-3800MHz bands. Despite several attempts to auction the aforementioned spectrum, the government failed to attract any bids.