|Five Applications Submitted for the Spectrum Auction in Romania|
The Romanian telecoms regulator has received five applications for its upcoming auction of the 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz spectrum bands. ANCOM will auction 42 paired blocks of 5 MHz each: 6 in the 800 MHz band, 7 in the 900 MHz band, 15 in the 1800 MHz band and 14 in the 2600 MHz band, as well as 3 unpaired blocks of 15 MHz each in the 2600 MHz band. The auction commission will examine the submitted qualification documents, and announce by 20 August 2012 which operators are admitted to participate in the auction. The licences will be valid until 2029.
Until Monday, 13 August 2012, the deadline set for submitting applications, ANCOM received 5 applications from entities wishing to participate in the largest spectrum auction ever held in Romania within which the 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands are made available for the provision of mobile communications in the 2013-2029 timeframe.
The auction commission will examine the submitted qualification documents and will announce by 20 August 2012 at the latest the operators admitted to participate in the auction. The application file submitted by each operator contains documents presenting the candidate’s standing which would prove, among others, the fulfilment of the obligations to the state budget, to the social insurance and special funds budgets, and also that the respective candidate meets the participation requirements. Thus, the candidate must be able to prove an average turnover of minimum EUR 10 million for the last 3 years, must not be in a state of insolvency or liquidation, its business must not be managed by a syndic judge, its entire commercial activities must not be suspended, the candidate may not be a member of another candidate’s group a.s.o. The application file also includes the initial bid which indicates the number of blocks which the candidate wishes to acquire in each of the available spectrum categories.