Following last week’s announcement by the Kosovan telecoms regulator that it would start dismantling base stations of Serbian cellcos operating in province, Serbia’s Telekom Srbija has responded by claiming that its operations are there are legitimate. It claims that its licence allows it to provide services across the whole Republic of Serbia, which includes Kosovo and Metohija. The telco added that the latest threats by the Kosovo Telecommunications Agency were not only a ‘direct attack on the property of Telekom Srbija, but also gravely endangered the safety and further survival of Serbs and other non-Albanian communities in Kosovo and Metohija.’ The incumbent operator in Kosovo, Vala900, claims that the Serbian operators have been adversely affecting its network by operating on frequencies that have been designated for its exclusive use.
Meanwhile in a separate but related announcement, Telekom Slovenije has confirmed that it will be bidding for the second Kosovan wireless licence via its local subsidiary Ipko.net. Bidding for the new concession will begin in earnest on 17 January 2007. The 15-year licence carries a EUR20 million pricetag and will be awarded via a beauty contest.