3rd Romanian auction for DTT multiplexes, completed
Bucharest, 27 May 2015
Following the initial bids, Info Total Press S.A. acquired 3 multiplexes (2 regional ones, in Suceava and Botoşani, and a local one in Bacău) for which it will pay EUR 18,200, representing the total licence fee, and TV Sat 2002 won 1 regional multiplex in Buzău, for which it will pay EUR 8,000.
The multiplex in Piatra Neamț was awarded following 42 primary rounds, which took place between 18-26 May. The winner of this multiplex is Grup Est Security S.R.L. the licence fee to be paid to the state budget amounting to EUR 41,600.
The licence fees, amounting to a total of EUR 67,800, are to be paid to the state budget within 90 calendar days from the announcement of the results.
A regional multiplex will cover the whole county with digital terrestrial television services, whereas a local multiplex will serve specific assignment areas, which may correspond to one locality.All these multiplexes will be awarded for a 10-year period.
A digital multiplex is a group of radio broadcasting and television programmes, additional multimedia services and other associated identification data transmitted from the emission stations to the end-users by terrestrial radio means, using digital modulation within the limits of a standard television channel/frequency block.
The auction documentation is available on ANCOM's website, here.
This is the third auction organised by ANCOM for awarding DTT multiplexes. The first DTT auction was completed in June 2014, when three national multiplexes were awarded to the National Broadcasting Company, this company winning the free to air multiplex and two other multiplexes in the UHF band, for EUR 1,020,002, i.e. licence fee.
Nine regional DTT multiplexes were awarded following an auction completed in February 2015. The winners were: Regal, which was awarded 1 regional multiplex (Râmnicu Vâlcea) for EUR 8,010, Cargo Sped, which was awarded 1 regional multiplex (Sibiu) for EUR 8,001, 2K Telecom, which was awarded 5 regional multiplexes (4 in Bucharest and one in Ploieşti) for EUR 52,000 licence fees, Radio M Plus, which obtained 1 regional multiplex (Iaşi), for EUR 10,000 and Digital Video Broadcast, which won 1 regional multiplex (Satu Mare), for EUR 8,000.