AKEP and AMA to cooperate on release of 700MHz spectrum

9 Nov 2021

Albania’s telecoms and broadcasting regulators, the Electronic and Postal Communications Authority (Autoritetit Te Komunikimeve Elektronike Dhe Postare, AKEP) and Audiovisual Media Authority (Autoriteti i Mediave Audiovizive, AMA) have signed a memorandum of cooperation, agreeing to work together to address areas of common interest to the two bodies. In a joint statement the pair said they would cooperate on the release of the 700MHz band by the AMA and the administration of the band by AKEP with the goal of moving towards compliance with deadlines set by the EU and ITU; in an October 2020 paper, the ITU had recommended a target of end-2022 for the migration of media broadcast operators from the 700MHz and the reissue of the spectrum to mobile network operators (MNOs). Other areas of cooperation will include the establishment of a joint group to monitor interference and the creation of a unified inventory of frequencies.