Three bidders for Slovenian 3G licences

6 Sep 2006

Three domestic operators have entered bids for the trio of 3G mobile licences on offer in Slovenia: cellcos Mobitel and Si.Mobil, and triple-play broadband provider T-2. Telecoms regulator APEK said that it hopes to grant the licences this month, and before the end of the year at the latest. APEK set a closing date of 1 September for the tender, and a starting price of USD8 million for each concession. It received two bids of SIT1.5 billion (USD8.03 million) from Mobitel and T-2, whilst Telekom Austria subsidiary Si.Mobil offered SIT1.55 billion. Mobitel, a wholly owned unit of state-run telco Telekom Slovenije, launched a W-CDMA network in December 2003, but it is reportedly interested in acquiring a new concession to enable it to improve coverage, capacity and quality of services. Up-and-coming ISP T-2 launched VDSL internet access and triple-play services in October 2005.