The Postal and Electronic Communications Authority (Autoritetit Te Komunikimeve Elektronike Dhe Postare, AKEP) has awarded PLUS Communications a 2100MHz concession, paving the way for Albania’s smallest wireless provider by subscribers to introduce high speed mobile broadband services. The concession consists of 2×10MHz at 1970MHz-1980MHz/2160MHz-2170MHz and 5MHz of unpaired spectrum at 1915MHz-1920MHz. PLUS paid EUR2.09 million (USD2.4 million) for the licence.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, PLUS has missed out on previous spectrum auctions for additional airwaves for 3G or 4G services but was given a reprieve in September 2015 when AKEP made all spectrum allocations in the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands technology neutral. In a related development AKEP has also granted a 2600MHz licence to Albtelecom, which previously offered mobile services under the Eagle Mobile banner. Albtelecom purchased two blocks of 2×5MHz in the 2500MHz-2690MHz band for EUR1.04 million, and an additional two blocks of 2×5MHz in the same range for EUR1.14 million.