In March 2014, the Malta Communications Authority (‘MCA’ or ‘the Authority’), published a consultation paper, outlining a proposed methodology for the assignment of additional radio spectrum for wireless broadband. Following consideration of the various responses received, a decision entitled ‘Assignment Process for Additional Spectrum for Wireless Broadband’ was published by the Authority in July 2014 (Decision No. MCA/D/14-1933) [hereinafter referred to as the ‘2014 Decision’]. The 2014 Decision outlined the radio spectrum assignment and management process for the 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and the 2.5 GHz bands. With the latest developments in the local mobile industry, the deployment of the above mentioned frequency bands has become paramount for the mobile operators. In view of these developments, the MCA has consulted upon revising the 2014 Decision. The main aim behind the consultation was to align the established assignment and management principles for the spectrum bands in question with the current market circumstances. After taking into consideration the responses received, the amending Decision ‘Assignment Process for Additional Spectrum for Wireless Broadband’ was published by the Authority in October 2017 (Decision No. MCA/D/17-2971).
A locally registered company has recently lodged a formal request with the MCA for the assignment of radio spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band to be used for the provision of electronic communications networks and services. In line with the above mentioned Decision, the MCA is hereby publishing a Call for Expression of Interest to determine the demand for spectrum in the pertinent bands.