Romania’s telecommunications authority Ancom received applications from 2K Telecom, Orange Romania, RCS&RDS, The National Radiocommunications Company and Vodafone Romania in the auction launched on 7 September with a view to awarding licences for the use of radio frequencies in the 3.4-3.6 GHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz bands.
The candidates that qualified to the next stage will be announced until 12 December. The selection procedure’s continuation course (whether primary rounds are required or not, based on the demand/offer ratio) will be published until 21 October. If the demand exceeds the available resources, the auction rounds will be initiated on 26 October.
A total of 16 paired blocks (2×5 MHz bandwidth) available on a national level in the 3.4 – 3.6 GHz band and 36 unpaired blocks (5 MHz bandwidth) available on a national level in the 3.6 – 3.8 GHz band have been auctioned out at the selection procedure. The new spectrum usage rights will enter into force from 1 January 2016 for a 10-year period. In these bands, the winners will be able to provide, on a nationwide basis, among others, data transmission and broadband wireless internet access services.
At present, there are seven licences in force in the 3.4-3.6 GHz band, held by Orange Romania, UPC Romania, Vodafone Romania and 2K Telecom. All of them were issued for the nationwide provision of public electronic communications networks and services by means of Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) and Nomadic Wireless Access (NWA) applications. There is one licence in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band, awarded to the National Broadcasting Company, for the provision of public electronic communications networks and services by means of broadband wireless access (BWA) applications, at a national level. All these eight licences are valid until 31 December.