5G frequency bidding in Romania, in the last quarter of 2020

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The organization of the tender for the allocation of the rights of use in the frequency bands intended for the implementation of the new technologies (5G) could take place in the last quarter of this year, according to the Action Plan adopted by the Authority for Administration and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM).

By the end of the third quarter of this year, the telecom market arbitrator proposed to finalize the tender documentation. Organizing the selection procedure for granting the rights to use the available radio spectrum in the bands of 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 1500 MHz, 2600 MHz, 3400-3600 MHz (5G) for the provision of public networks and broadband electronic communications services is scheduled for the last quarter of the year. Also, to determine the interest of the national electronic communications market regarding the acquisition of rights to use the frequencies for providing MFCN public networks in millimeter bands, the Authority will organize a market consultation.

Also, ANCOM is considering updating the RO-IR radio interfaces in Decision no. 311/2016 regarding the radio frequencies or the radio frequency bands exempted from the licensing regime. In 2020, ANCOM will carry out a campaign to evaluate the involuntary roaming situations in the border areas to identify the roaming locations for each mobile operator.

The action plan of the institution also provides for the drafting of a normative act for the transposition into national law of the Directive on the establishment of the European Code of Electronic Communications to submit it for adoption in the first quarter of this year.

On the part of technical norms, provided by the Infrastructure Law in charge of ANCOM, of the Ministry of Public Works and the Ministry of Public Works, Development and Public Administration, a technical proposal will be elaborated and transmitted to the partner institutions, with the consultation of the communication market actors.

The action plan of ANCOM for 2020, as well as the Authority’s response to the proposals received in public consultation on this project, can be consulted on the Authority’s website. ANCOM is the institution that protects the interests of the users of communications in Romania, by promoting competition in the communications market, managing limited resources, encouraging efficient investments in infrastructure and innovation.

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