Romania’s telecom watchdog ANCOM announced plans to prepare documentation for the allocation of 5G frequency bands by the end of the third quarter of 2020 with the auction sale, therefore, being scheduled for the last quarter of 2020, according to ANCOM’s action plan for the current year.
Although ANCOM initially said auctions would be held by the end of October 2019 with the government hoping to get almost €500 million from the sale, ANCOM president Sorin Grindeanu announced on 31 October that auctions would be postponed to the first half of 2020.
One of the reasons, he said, was the need to implement the MOU signed with the US. Yet, to implement the memorandum’s provisions, primary legislation needs to be changed, Grindeanu said at that time. The authority must present operators with all the costs and restrictions, which cannot be promised until the legislation is in place, he explained.
Also, with the changes in government in the past few months, a clear strategy and prices cannot yet be agreed on. (EURACTIV.ro)