AKEP pushes back 800MHz sale to next year

4 Dec 2018

Albanian telecoms watchdog the Electronic and Postal Communications Authority (Autoritetit Te Komunikimeve Elektronike Dhe Postare, AKEP) has amended its plans for the auction of spectrum in the 800MHz (792MHz-862MHz) band to provide further clarity regarding the terms of the tender. The regulator specified that operators can bid for any number of the three allocations on offer and that disqualification from one would not prevent a company from competing for the remaining frequencies – provided that all the requirements were met – and the regulator adjusted the text of the document to clarify that fact. Consequently, AKEP has postponed the deadline for submitting offers until 7 February 2019. The regulator had amended the document in September this year to provide clearer distinction between the requirements of new and existing users, and set a deadline for offers of 3 December 2018.