Romania telecom regulator adopts action plan for 2018

Tuesday 13 February 2018 | 18:27 CET | News

Romanian telecommunications authority Ancom and representatives of local operators discussed and adopted the institution’s 2018 action plan during the Consultative Council meeting held on 7 February. Some of the authority’s actions agreed with the industry include implementing the infrastructure law, adopting a national strategy for the achievement of the broadband access targets of the Digital Agenda for Europe and the coordinated introduction of 5G services in Europe, as well as reviewing the fixed and mobile call termination rates. All these projects will result in a wider coverage of electronic communications services and in the deployment of new technologies to the end-users’ benefit, Ancom said in a press release. Ancom held a consultation on its action plan prior to the meeting on 7 February.

The actions for the effective implementation of the Infrastructure Law are among the most important 2018 projects. Their aim is to reduce the costs of electronic communications networks roll-out in Romania. One of the first measures Ancom wishes to implement is the issuance of a decision to set the tariffs for exercising the right of access to public property. In 2018, Ancom will develop and adopt its national position on awarding the rights of use for the radio spectrum in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 1500 MHz, 2600 MHz, 3400-3600 MHz and 26 GHz bands for broadband mobile communications, including for the implementation of 5G systems.

Moreover, the authority will develop and adopt the action plan and the national timetable for awarding the spectrum use rights in the 470-790 MHz band. It will also launch a public consultation with a view to organising auctions for awarding spectrum use rights in the VHF (174-230 MHz) and UHF (470-694 MHz) bands for digital terrestrial broadcasting services (T-DAB and DVB-T2).

Ancom will also review the costing model for fixed call termination rates by the end of this year. Ancom’s action plan also contains a control campaign to verify the way in which the providers of publicly available electronic communications services include certain information in the contracts concluded with consumers.

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