The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has invited industry stakeholders to submit comments on a draft Information Memorandum (IM) for the upcoming auction of spectrum in the 700MHz band. The IM outlines the award process and sets out fundamental practical issues, such as qualification criteria and eligibility, spectrum caps and coverage obligations, to guide stakeholders wishing to participate in the spectrum auction procedure, which is expected to take place in June. Mobile broadband spectrum in the 700MHz band was freed up via the migration from analogue to digital television, with the regulator planning to auction off a total of 40MHz (2×20MHz) in the 703MHz-723MHz/758MHz-778MHz range. A reserve price of USD5 million has been set for a 2×5MHz lot and bidders are subject to a spectrum cap of 2×10MHz each. Comments on the IM must be submitted to the TCRA by 4pm on 19 March.
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