Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis has backed the government’s decision to postpone a 5G spectrum auction originally planned for late 2019. Local news agency Agerpres reports that President Iohannis said during an informal press briefing on 20 December that it was not appropriate to stage an auction at the present time, as China’s Huawei is the only equipment supplier capable of implementing the network at present. ‘What tender for 5G? Huawei or Huawei?’ noted President Iohannis, adding: ‘I am not willing to make the wrong decision for the whole society.’
Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) had previously indicated that it expected 5G licences in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 1500MHz, 2600MHz and 3400MHz-3800MHz frequency bands to be awarded by the end of 2019. However, this was later pushed back to 2020 in order to allow the new government to set spectrum licence prices as part of the 2020 budget, as well as implement a security memorandum signed between the US and Romania, the terms of which have not been disclosed. The Romanian authorities are also awaiting the release of a new set of security specifications being formulated by the European Commission.