CEE regulators meet to discuss spectrum auction

08 April 2013 | Mitch Sayers


Heads of six Central & Eastern European telecoms regulators met last week to discuss challenges of the impending spectrum auctions, according to Hungarian regulator NMHH.

Reports indicate representatives of Romania’s Ancom, Slovenia’s Apek, Austria’s RTR, Slovakia’s Tusr, Czech Republic’s CTU and Hungary’s NMHH met on April 4, in Vienna, to discuss the importance of their cooperation on the auction.

The national regulatory authorities discussed how to stimulate infrastructure development, provide attractive conditions for effective use of spectrum, the importance of boosting competition even with the new market players on national markets, and factors affecting applicable spectrum auction methods.

“Affordable mobile broadband services available for the entire population with decreasing prices significantly contribute to social and economic development,” the Hungarian regulator added.

The European telecoms market has endured some criticism about its restrictive environment, and regulators recently confirmed plans to open up radio spectrum in the continent to deal with growing mobile and wireless data traffic.