Voljatel sold to Tus Mobil’s owner

28 Nov 2006

Slovenian alternative telco Voljatel has been sold to Mirko Tus, owner of Slovenia’s Engrotus retail chain and start-up cellco Tus Mobil, for between EUR20 million and EUR25 million (USD26 million-USD33 million). According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Voljatel launched ADSL in April 2005 and shortly afterwards introduced a residential VoIP telephony service over fully unbundled local loops. In September 2006 it announced the launch of television services over ADSL2+ connections. It provides cable broadband access for business and residential users under the Volja Kabel brand, and is in the process of building out its own national transmission network. It also leads the country’s dial-up internet access market. Voljatel’s mobile unit Volja Mobile launched a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service under the Izimobil brand in late 2005, over the network of Mobitel, the wireless arm of fixed line incumbent Telekom Slovenije.

Tus Mobil signaled its entry into the market in May 2006 by purchasing the spare mobile licence made available by the exit of defunct operator Western Wireless International Slovenia (Vega). Tus gained approval to launch network services from telecoms regulator APEK shortly after the purchase, and intends to follow through with a plan to build out its own infrastructure.