Ministry seeks to amend legislation to enable 5G auction to proceed

2 Jul 2019

Romania’s Ministry of Communications and Information Society (MCSI) has initiated a draft emergency ordinance (OUG) in order to enable the planned 5G spectrum auction to proceed later this year. Local news source HotNews reports that the draft OUG is aimed at correcting the problems posed to the telecoms sector by the controversial Ordinance 114 (OUG 114/2018), which has been criticised by the National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM). Last month the regulator warned that the 5G auction may not proceed later this year as planned, unless provisions related to the telecoms industry contained in OUG 114 are repealed, stating that the ordinance would lead to unnecessarily high asking prices for spectrum licences.