Serbian official defends timing of 5G auction

By bne IntelliNews September 23, 2021

A regulatory framework setting the pre-conditions for launching public bidding for the allocation of 5G frequencies in Serbia exists, stated Vladana Radisavljevic Djordjevic, the head of the Group for the Planning and Development of Electronic Communication Networks and Services at the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications.

Djordjevic was responding to criticism from several delegates at a conference organised by the Association of Informatics of Serbia and Chamber of Commerce of Serbia (SCC), who said that the introduction of the 5G network to Serbia should have been done earlier.

Djordjevic argued that the introduction of the 5G network was not late and SBB, Telekom, Telenor and A1 were interested in obtaining radio frequencies for the network, according to the Tanjug news agency. 

Based on the regulatory framework, the Serbian Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (RATEL), opened a public invitation to operators to apply for the use of certain radio frequency bands slightly more than three months ago, Djordjevic told delegates.

“Four operators, namely, SBB, Telekom, Telenor and A1 expressed an interest, and, based on the collected data and its own analyses, RATEL will reach the decision if it sees that the conditions for the allocation of the permits are met upon the execution of the public bidding procedure,” she added.


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