Romania approves 2100MHz licence renewal fees

27 Mar 2020

In an eleventh hour decision ahead of the expiry of 3G spectrum licences on 31 March, the Romanian government has approved plans to charge Orange and Vodafone EUR30 million (USD32.9 million) each, payable before the end of the month, to extend their existing spectrum management rights in the 2100MHz band until 31 December 2031, reports RCS&RDS and Telekom Romania Mobile Communications, the licences of which expire in January 2022, will have to pay a fee of EUR25 million before 30 November 2021 to extend their rights until the end of 2031. The renewal prices were first proposed by Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) in December 2019. Orange, Vodafone and Telekom Romania currently use the 2100MHz band to provide 3G networks and services, while RCS&RDS uses it for both 3G and 4G.