Moldova’s National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI) announced on its website on 26 August 2014 that it has officially awarded state-owned full-service operator Moldtelecom two technology-neutral mobile spectrum licences – 2×5MHz in the 900MHz band and 2×25MHz in the 1800MHz spectrum bands. Moldtelecom – which provides mobile services under the Unite brand – won the frequencies in a government tender a month earlier, and was issued with the licences after paying a total of EUR11.5 million (USD15.2 million), including EUR4 million for the 900MHz concession and EUR7.5 million for the 1800MHz permit. Moldtelecom (Unite) holds existing licences in the 2100MHz and 450MHz bands under which it currently operates 3G UMTS and CDMA2000 services, respectively.
Earlier this month CommsUpdate reported that the Moldovan watchdog granted three technology-neutral 800MHz/900MHz/1800MHz licences apiece to domestic cellcos Moldcell and Orange Moldova (each paying USD25.5 million), while reserving the other 900MHz/1800MHz licences for Moldtelecom. The regulator announced that the licences would be awarded to Moldtelecom once all the relevant fees had been paid by the operator, by a deadline of 25 August – which the state-run firm has now complied with. The technology-neutral licensing regime will come into effect for all operators on 6 November 2014, when their new concessions begin their 15-year validity. The frequencies are earmarked for 3G UMTS/GSM (900MHz) and 4G LTE (800MHz and 1800MHz) services.