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Romania prepares for 5G auctions

Documentation for the offering of spectrum for 5G networks was prepared by Romania’s telecom watchdog, ANCOM, with auction starting prices for multiple frequency bands totalling almost €700 million.

Winners of the public bids should cover most of Romania’s urban areas, highways, international airports, and modernised railways, but also around 600 localities identified as having weak coverage of mobile communication networks, the documents posted by ANCOM for public debate read.

ANCOM also proposed the starting prices for the auction of multiple frequency bands, totalling €693 million, but said the government would set the licensing tax after consultations with the industry.

Bidders can choose between four frequency bands which include 700 MHz, 1,500 MHz, 2,600 MHz and one that ranges between 3,400-3,800 MHz.

The right to use the spectrum will begin in either 2023 or 2026 and last for 20 years. For 2,600 MHz bands, the spectrum can be used only for six years and three months to align with other rights in this frequency band.

The telecom watchdog also proposed the reduction of prices paid by operators to use the already allocated spectrum to offer broadband services.

CT Bureau

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