Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has published its 2021 Action Plan for public consultation. Among the major projects scheduled for next year are the 5G spectrum auction in the second quarter, the transposition into secondary legislation of the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC), the implementation of the Infrastructure Law, and the revision of the legislative framework regulating electronic communication services. Interested parties are invited to submit their comments and suggestions by 4 January 2021.
Transposition of the EECC
Following the transposition of provisions of the Directive on the establishment of the EECC into the primary legislation, ANCOM intends to review the regulations regarding the general authorisation regime for the provision of electronic communications networks and services, the procedure for granting radio frequency usage rights, the management and administration of numbering resources, regulations regarding communications to the Single National Emergency Call System, as well as security measures to be taken by providers and the reporting of incidents with a significant impact in networks and services.
5G Spectrum Management
By the end of Q1 2021 ANCOM intends to adopt a decision on the procedure and rules for granting spectrum usage rights in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 1500MHz, 2600MHz and 3400MHz-3800MHz frequency bands. The auction, which was originally planned for Q2 2019 but delayed to give the government time to establish network security requirements and approve licence fees and payment conditions, is now scheduled to take place in Q2 2021.
Implementation of Law No, 159/2016
To further implement the Infrastructure Law, in the first part of next year the authority plans to set indicative tariffs for access to the passive infrastructure of network operators, with the aim of supporting the development of broadband networks and the physical infrastructure elements necessary to support them. ANCOM intends to build an inventory of public electronic communications networks and the associated physical infrastructure elements (ATLAS Project), which will largely rely on data received from network operators. The regulator will also analyse the conditions for access to the physical infrastructure built with the participation or support of the central or local public administration authorities or financed, totally or partially, from public funds.
Regulation of Electronic Communications Services
In addition to transposing the EECC into the secondary legislation, ANCOM plans to review the wholesale market for high-quality access services provided at a fixed location to reassess the need for regulatory measures. It will also re-assess the collection and use of statistical data in the field of electronic communications.