Si.Mobil wins Slovenia’s second UMTS licence

21 Sep 2006

Slovenia’s second largest cellco Si.Mobil, a subsidiary of Telekom Austria, has been awarded a 15-year nationwide 3G mobile licence for EUR6.5 million (USD8.24 million) by the country’s telecoms regulator the Post and Electronic Communications Agency (APEK). In a tender which closed on 1 September, APEK also reportedly received bids for UMTS frequencies from triple-play broadband provider T-2 as well as mobile market leader Mobitel. Mobitel launched a W-CDMA network in December 2003 and had signed up over 50,000 3G subscribers by the end of June 2006, but it is reportedly interested in acquiring a new concession to enable it to improve coverage, capacity and quality of services. Si.Mobil initially opted out of the government’s 3G licensing process, preferring to concentrate on 2.5G EDGE data services, which it launched commercially in the first quarter of 2004.