The Republic of Cyprus’s Department of Electronic Communications, part of the Ministry of Communications and Works (MCW), has extended the application deadlines for participation in the auctions of mobile licences using the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz frequency bands (D1/2013) and concessions for the use of the 2600MHz frequency band (D2/2013) to 24 September and 25 September, respectively.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the Ministry announced the launch of the D1 auction in early June 2013, with initial deadline of 24 July 2013 for interested parties to submit their applications and a security of EUR700,000 (USD915,500). Under the terms set out by the draft document, the spectrum available for use was listed as follows:
• 2×10MHz blocks in the 900MHz band;
• 2×24.8MHz blocks in the 1800MHz band; and
• 2×15MHz paired blocks (frequency division duplex, FDD) in the 2100MHz band.
The MCW indicated that the 900MHz and 1800MHz frequencies are best suited for 2G GSM, 3G UMTS, 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and WiMAX use. However, the regulator may allow the establishment and operation of communications networks not listed in the document, provided that such networks would not disrupt existing GSM transmissions.
In July 2013 the Ministry published the tender documents (D2/2013) for communication network licences using the 2600MHz frequency band. Under the terms set out by the document, the available spectrum was announced as:
• Category A: 2×20MHz paired blocks (frequency division duplex, FDD) in the 2600MHz band;
• Category B: 1×40MHz block (time division duplex, TDD) in the 2575MHz-2615MHz band
Successful bidders are required to establish and operate 4G networks covering 25% of the Republic’s territory within three years from the date of licence authorisations, and must reach 40% territorial coverage within five years from the date of their licence. By 2019, the networks should have downlink transmission speeds of at least 30Mbps.