Slovenia launches 3G tender

16 Jun 2006

Slovenia’s telecoms regulator, the Post and Electronic Communications Agency (APEK), has published a tender for three 3G licences, with a starting price of USD7.9 million for each concession, and a closing date of 1 September. Domestic mobile operator Si.Mobil and start-up cellco Tus Mobil are both expected to place bids, and APEK is hoping that a foreign investor will also be attracted by the auction. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database notes that the regulator tried to sell three 3G licences in 2001, but only one of the concessions was sold, in November that year, to the country’s largest cellco Mobitel, which launched W-CDMA services in December 2003. Si.Mobil is Slovenia’s second largest mobile provider, with 370,900 subscribers at the end of March 2006, behind Mobitel which had 1.277 million users at the same date. Tus Mobil acquired the mobile licence of recently defunct operator Vega last month.