ANCOM plans 5G auction, transposition of EU telecoms code in 2021

9 Feb 2021

Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has published its 2021 Action Plan, the main priorities of which are the transposition of the European Electronic Communications Code, the organisation of the 5G spectrum auction later this year, a review of the wholesale market for high-quality access services provided at a fixed location, and the continued implementation of Infrastructure Law No. 159/2016.

According to local media sources, in Q2 2021 the regulator will establish the procedure and rules governing the allocation of 5G-suitable spectrum in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 1500MHz, 2600MHz and 3400MHz-3800MHz frequency bands, ahead of the auction of spectrum usage rights in Q3. ANCOM will then stage a series of information campaigns in Q4 to highlight how the new wireless technology will benefit the public, business and local authorities. The regulator has also revealed it intends to consult operators regarding interest in a possible auction of frequency bands above 24GHz.