The mobile telephony licenses, the main event in telecom that everyone is holding their breath over, will be allocated for a timespan of 15 years. The allocation of the spectrum will be decided during a public bidding organized by the telecom regulator most likely in the first half of this year.
“After 15 years, it is time to reconfigure the access to spectrum at least for the next 15 years. The mobile communications sector needs more and more spectrum and this year represents a historic opportunity for long-term access to spectrum in Romania,” said Catalin Marinescu, president of ANCOM, during a conference organized by the Association of Mobile Operators in Romania.
Up for grabs is spectrum in the bandwidth 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1,800 MHz and 2,600 MHz, which will be allocated until 2029.
“It is a package of documents that will show how the bidding will contribute to the efficient use of the spectrum. The main package of documents will also be available in English,” he explained.
The starting price for the licenses that will go under the hammer is to be decided via a government decision. However, the price issue triggered diverging opinions between state representatives and leaders of the telecom industry.
While Marius Fecioru, state secretary in the Ministry of Communications said: “The state wants that during this bidding there will be fierce competition in order to grow the price of the acquisition,” representatives of the telecom industries disagreed with this policy.
“The Romanian government needs to be realistic about the fees that the operators can pay in this business environment. We believe that fair prices for the spectrum, taking into account the current economic context, would help us develop more. It will help all the businesses that develop around mobile telephony and I believe this will be the real benefit, not the fees as such,” said Stefanos Theocharopoulos, CEO Cosmote and GM of Romtelecom.
ANCOM will announce tomorrow details regarding the bidding, which includes the eligibility criteria for participation, documentation that must be presented by the interested parties, the starting prices for the bidding, as well as information of the procedures. Business Review will post further info as soon as available.