ANRCETI Launches 3G Auction

Moldovan watchdog, the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI), has launched a tender for allocation of additional frequencies in the 1900MHz and 2100MHz frequency bands, suitable for 3G use. Under the terms set out by the document, the spectrum available for use is listed as follows:

Block A: 2×14.8MHz paired blocks (frequency division duplex, FDD) in the 1964.9MHz-1979.7MHz and 2154.9MHz-2169.7MHz frequency bands; and one 5MHz block (time division duplex, TDD) in the 1909.9MHz-1914.9MHz spectrum band, and

Block B: 1×15MHz block (TDD) in the 2010MHz-2025MHz frequency band.

The ANRCETI indicated that the assigned frequencies will be authorized for 3G UMTS, and CDMA2000 use for a period of 15 years. The public auction is open to domestic and foreign companies; however, network operators already holding authorization for spectrum usage in the 1900MHz and 2100MHz frequency bands will not be allowed to participate in the tender. The regulator invited all interested parties to submit their applications for participation in the tender by 1 November, along with all relevant documents and a security of EUR1 million (USD1.35 million). The license fee will be determined following the auction, with a starting price of EUR6.2 million for a Block A license and EUR2 million for the Block B concession.

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