• August 16th, 2012
  • Robert Zak

Romania is on the verge of making a piece of national telecoms history as it prepares for its largest-ever spectrum auction. The interest in getting frequencies on the spectrum is huge, with Orange and Vodafone among the five companies vying to carve out a space for themselves on the Romanian mobile airwaves.

The frequencies being fought for come in the  800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2.6GHz bands, with Cosmote, RCS & RDS and ISP 2K Telecom also having submitted bids for their piece of the pie.

Round one of the spectrum auction is set to get underway on 10th September, and Ancom will announce who’ll be participating on 20th August.

The network giants will be auctioning for both 15-year and 15-month licenses. The most expensive bands (900 MHz for 15 years) will start bidding at €40 million, while frequencies in the 2.6 GHz band can be nabbed for as little as €3 million; that’s coppers in the big-money world of telecommunications.

The winners of the auction are expected to be unveiled in October.