Montenegro multi-band spectrum auction raises EUR7m

4 Jan 2022

Montenegro’s telecoms watchdog the Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (EKIP) has announced the auction of a total of 220MHz of spectrum in the 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2GHz and 2.6GHz frequency bands staged in late December 2021 raised a total of EUR7.086 million (USD8.027 million).

Mtel will pay EUR5.911 million for frequencies in the 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2GHz and 2.6GHz bands, while Telenor and Crnogorski Telekom won 2.6GHz spectrum with bids of EUR825,011 and EUR350,000, respectively. User rights are valid from 21 April 2022 until 1 September 2031. EKIP revealed four blocks of 5MHz in the 2.6GHz band, valued at around EUR192,000, remained unsold.

Meanwhile, the government of Montenegro adopted a roadmap for the deployment of 5G networks on 24 December. The document, prepared by EKIP and the Ministry of Economic Development, aims to encourage the implementation of all necessary steps to enable the introduction of 5G mobile networks by the end of 2022, by which time a national 5G strategy should be adopted.