The Agency for Electronic Communications (AEK) has launched a tender for the allocation of 5G-suitable spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.6GHz (3400MHz-3800MHz) bands, with the public examination of the bids to be held on 1 December 2021. The starting prices for the mobile frequencies range from EUR1.25 million (USD1.4 million) to EUR2.75 million. The agency plans to grant the following approvals for mobile use, valid for 15 years (extendable for another five years afterwards):
• 700MHz band: А1 (703MHz-713MHz/758MHz-768MHz), А2 (713MHz-723MHz/768MHz-778MHz) and А3 (723MHz-733MHz/778MHz-788MHz),
• 3.6GHz band: В1 (3.5GHz-3.6GHz), В2 (3.6GHz-3.7GHz) and В3 (3.7GHz-3.8GHz)
In addition, the AEK will award four blocks: В41, В44, В45 and В46 (3.4315GHz-3.460GHz), suitable for fixed services in regions 1 (Skopije, Ilinden, Petrovets, Zelenikovo, Studenichani, Sopishte, Chucher Sandevo and Arachinovo), 4 (Bitola, Prilep, Demir Hisar, Krushevo, Dolneni, Krivogashtani, Mogila, Novaci and Resen), 5 (Ohrid, Struga, Debarca, Vevchani, Kichevo, M. Brod, Drugovo, Zajac, Oslomej, Vraneshtica, Plasnica, Debar and Centar Jupa) and 6 (Tetovo, Gostivar, Tearce, Jegunovce, Jelino, Brvenica, Bogovinje, Mavrovo and Rostushe). The fixed authorisations will be valid for six years.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in July 2021 the AEK received four expressions of interest (EoI) from telecoms operators for participation in the planned auction for 5G spectrum. The EoI are as follows: Neotel (blocks В41, В44, В45 and В46), Bitstream Mobile (А1 and В1), А1 Macedonia (А2, А3 and В3) and Makedonski Telekom: (В2, А2 and/or А3).