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Research by Country/Region January 22, 2018  
Macedonia: Broadband Fixed Wireless Access

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A. CURRENT GOVERNMENT POLICY GOVERNING ACCESS TO WORLDWIDE/BROADBAND FIXED WIRELESS ACCESS BAND (3.4 TO 3.7 GHZ), LMDS (28 TO 31 GHZ) AND UNLINCENSED BANDS?

BFW band 3400-3800 Mhz may be used for analog transmission for 600 to 1800 voice channels or digital transmission from 34 to 140 mbit/s. the band is subdivided into six transmitting and six receiving channels, with provision for six more of each at reduced bandwith. channel allocations and use are based on itu recommendation r / f.382 (ITU radio-communication sector / fixed services series). BFW bands 27.500 - 28.4445 / 28.5565 - 29.500 Ghz may be used for analog and/or digital transmission consisting of 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 and 256 transmitting and receiving radio channels for large, middle and small capacities with channel spacing of 112, 56, 28, 7 or 3.5 Mhz. Channel allocation and use are based on recommendation CEPT t/r 13-02 e, Annex c (European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations). The band from 29.500 to 31.000 is intended for satellite communication. For the industrial, scientific and medical applications (ISM) band (2400-2500 Mhz) a license, which is free of charge, is required. The hyperlan link is allocated in 5.15 - 5.35 Ghz where license, which is free of charge, is also needed. The second hyperlan band (5.47 - 5.725 Ghz) is not yet authorized.

B. DEMAND OR NEED FOR BFW SERVICES

BFW services are little known in Macedonia.

C. LICENSING

A license is required. Information required includes:

- business registration of the service provider;
- proper documentation for the radio network;
- technical information for each radio station;
- an opinion from telecommunications directorate
that the network does not violate the country's
telecom plan;
- customer needs analysis; and
- a conceptual and technical design for the radio
network.

International connectivity requires licensing by the Telecom Directorates of all countries involved.

Licensing contact:

Telecommunications Directorate
Dame Gruev street, 1
Skopje, 1000, Macedonia
tel: 389-2-3224-511
fax: 389-2-3224-611
http://www.dtk.gov.mk

D. FOREIGN OWENSHIP LIMITS

Foreign companies must have their projects approved by a designated local company as part of their application package.

E. INTERCONNECTION TARIFFS

BFW service providers can negotiate rates separately with network operators and with the Telecommunications Directorate.

Ministry of Defense approval may be required in some areas. Incumbent telecom operator Macedonian Telecommunications has the exclusive right to provide telecom services to the general public until December 31, 2004. Until then, BFW licenses may be used only for private networks.

F. CURRENT LIST OF BFW ACCESS PROVIDERS

There are no BFW licensees at this time.

RESPONSE INFORMATION

This response was prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce/Commercial Service in Skopje, Macedonia, in June 2003. For further clarification please contact:

Arben Gega
Commercial Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service, Skopje
Arben.Gega@mail.doc.gov

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