Si.Mobil to launch 3G in first half

21 Feb 2007

Slovenia’s second largest mobile operator Si.Mobil has begun constructing a W-CDMA network and expects to launch 3G services by July this year. Si.Mobil paid EUR6.5 million (USD8.2 million) for an UMTS licence last September and is planning to invest EUR10 million in its 3G infrastructure rollout this year. The company told local press that it plans to upgrade 100 GSM base stations a year to 3G, beginning in cities, and to augment coverage with so-called 2.75G EDGE services. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database notes that 3.5G services are set to be rolled out in tandem with its UMTS network under a Europe-wide HSDPA supply deal between parent group Mobilkom and Swedish vendor Ericsson, signed in February 2006. Domestic broadband operator T-2 won a 3G concession alongside Si.Mobil, whilst the country’s only active 3G provider, Mobitel, launched W-CDMA services in selected areas in December 2003, and after expanding its coverage to around 50% of the population, signed up over 100,000 users by the end of 2006.