IPKO Net wins Kosovan wireless licence after Kosmocell fails to pay up

22 Feb 2007

IPKO Net, the Serbian ISP which is 75% owned by Telekom Slovenije, has been offered Kosovo’s second wireless concession, after the company that was initially awarded the licence failed to pay the required fee by the deadline. The Kosovo Agency for Telecommunications announced on Tuesday that it had withdrawn the licence from Kosmocell, the company originally chosen in an international tender, and instead offered it to second placed IPKO Net, which bid EUR75 million. Kosovan businessman Ekrem Luka, owner of a major share in the Kosmocell consortium, confirmed that the licence fee had not been paid within the 14-day period, but declined to specify why. Speculation in the local press suggests that the consortium’s US partner, Computer Science Corp, had had second thoughts and refused to pay its share of the EUR81 million licence fee.