Moldovan regulator, the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI), has scheduled a public hearing for 12 September 2013 to examine and adopt the decision approving the authorisation of frequencies in the 1900MHz-1980MHz and 2110MHz-2170MHz spectrum bands for 3G technology use. Under the terms set out by the document, the spectrum available for use is listed as follows:
• 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.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the ANRCETI provided the draft document for public consultation in August 2013. During the 21 day period, the regulator received eleven recommendations for amending and completing the draft decision, although two of the amendment proposals were rejected.
The ANRCETI indicated that the assigned frequencies will be authorised for 3G UMTS, and CDMA2000 use. The 3G licence will be granted through a public auction open to domestic and foreign companies; however, network operators already holding authorisation for spectrum usage in the 1900MHz and 2100MHz frequency bands will not be allowed to participate in the tender. The licence fee will be determined following the auction, with a starting price of MDL6.2 million (USD494,195). The watchdog also announced that an international 3G tender is scheduled to start in the period 16 September ¬- 1 December 2013