Croatia calls for 2.5GHz bidders

29 Jan 2019

The Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (Hrvatska Regulatorna Agencija za Mrezne Djelatnosti, HAKOM) has issued a call for applications for wireless spectrum in the 2.5GHz (2500MHz-2690MHz) band. The watchdog is looking to allocate 190MHz of frequencies, incorporating 2×70MHz blocks of paired spectrum and a 50MHz unpaired lot. A limit of 2×20MHz per bidder has been placed on the paired frequencies, while there is no cap on the unpaired spectrum. Applications are being accepted for 30 days.

Earlier this month HAKOM announced that two bidders had submitted offers for a tender to allocate 30MHz of technology-neutral 2100MHz spectrum, which is suitable for 3G or 4G services. A1 Croatia (formerly VIPnet) was the highest bidder for the three lots of 2×5MHz spectrum, with Tele2 Croatia entering lower offers. The watchdog is currently evaluating the bids and expects to announce the winners in mid-February.