Cypriot-Moldovan company Eventis Mobile has been awarded a GSM 900/1800 licence by Moldovan regulator, the National Agency for Telecommunications and Information Regulation. Eventis’s licence came at a price of USD8 million, half of which has been paid with the balance required within two years. The cellco is required to deploy a network that covers 40% of the population with one year of launch, and 90% by the end of 2009. The licence is for 15 years, and was also bid for by Moldova’s Union-Prim and Russian cellco Vimpelcom. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Moldova was home to 1.23 million mobile subscribers at the end of September 2006, 65% of whom were with Voxtel and the remainder with Moldcell. A third operator, Moldtelecom, was awarded a CDMA licence in June 2006 but has not yet launched services. Both Moldcell and Voxtel suffer from illegal jamming of their networks by companies in the breakaway region of Trans-Dniester.