Romania's telecommunications authority Ancom launched a public consultation on its draft action plan for 2018. Among Ancom's most important projects of 2018 are actions aimed at the effective implementation of the provisions of the Infrastructure Law - Law 159/2016 in order to reduce the costs of rolling-out broadband networks in Romania, according Telecompaper. The authority said it will take the necessary steps for carrying out the national inventory of the public electronic communications networks and of the associated facilities, will set the tariffs for exercising the right of access to the public property and will start cooperating with the Ministry of Communications and Information Society and the Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds to establish the technical norms on designing and installing physical infrastructures and electronic communications networks.
In 2018, Ancom will also develop and adopt the national strategy for awarding the rights of using the frequencies in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 1500 MHz, 2600 MHz, 3400-3600 MHz and 26 GHz bands with a view to providing broadband mobile communications, including the implementation of future generation systems (5G).
At the same time, it will develop and adopt the plan of action and the national calendar for awarding spectrum use rights in the 470-790 MHz frequency band and will launch a public consultation on organising the 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 relevant markets for leased lines-terminating segments and for the switched transit of voice services on public telephone networks, will develop a decision on the imposition of nationally harmonised technical requirements associated to IP interconnection and will take the necessary steps for implementing the project on further developing the products for measuring the quality of the internet access service using Netograf.ro.
Besides the monitoring and control campaigns for assessing signal coverage and for the surveillance of the efficient use of the frequency spectrum carried out annually, Ancom has also planned conducting a control campaign for verifying the ways in which the telecommunication providers include specific information in the contracts concluded with the users. Ancom said it will also run an information campaign meant to deter the use of radio equipment without the CE marking. Comments and suggestions may be submitted by 12 January 2018.