RAK n roll: Bosnian regulator launches LTE consultation

10 Oct 2017

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Communications Regulatory Agency (Regulatorna agencija za komunikacije, RAK) has launched public consultations on draft rules for introducing 4G LTE mobile network services in a range of spectrum bands – a long-awaited process in the Balkan country.

One set of draft rules defines technical requirements for LTE implementation in the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz spectrum bands – currently licensed to the country’s mobile operators for 2G GSM and 3G UMTS services.

Another draft defines methods for utilising 3400MHz-3600MHz and 3600MHz-3800MHz frequencies on a technology/service-neutral basis for mobile or fixed communications (updating the current valid regulation No. 74/2014).

The RAK is accepting comments on its draft regulations up to 26 October 2017. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that December 2017 is the scheduled date for the Bosnian watchdog to finalise its 4G mobile licensing plans, including decisions on the prices and method of payment for LTE/technology-neutral concessions, ahead of expected commercial launches in 2018 by BH Telecom, HT Mostar (HT Eronet) and Telekom Srpske (m:tel).