ANCOM launches selection procedure for multi-band spectrum auction

12 Oct 2021

Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has launched the competitive selection procedure for the auction of short-term spectrum licences for unused mobile frequencies in the 800MHz, 2600MHz and 3.5GHz bands. The tender is expected to raise at least EUR72.5 million (USD83.9 million).

ANCOM intends to auction a total of 195MHz of frequencies, with user rights valid from 1 January 2022 and expiry aligned with existing permits in the bands, as follows: one block of 2×5MHz in the 800MHz band (791MHz-796MHz/832MHz-837MHz), valid between 1 January 2022 and 5 April 2029 and with a starting price of EUR22 million; eight lots of 2×5MHz in the 2600MHz band (2530MHz-2570MHz/2650MHz-2690MHz), valid until 5 April 2029, EUR4.3 million per paired block; one block of 15MHz TDD in the 2600MHz band (2600MHz-2615MHz), expiry 5 April 2029, EUR3.5 million per block; and 18 lots of 5MHz TDD blocks in the 3.5GHz (3400MHz-3490MHz) band, expiry 31 December 2025, EUR700,000 per block.

In terms of coverage obligations, 800MHz licensees will need to cover 95% of the population of 56 specified localities with mobile broadband download speeds of at least 2Mbps by end-2023, while rights holders in the 3.5GHz band must deploy 25 base transceiver stations (BTS) within a year of entry into force of the licence, rising to 50 BTS after two years and 100 after three years and six months.

Interested parties are invited to submit applications before 15 November. The regulator expects to announce the qualified bidders by 17 November, enabling the auction to begin no later than 25 November, the final results to be announced in December and permits granted by the end of the year.