Wireless roaming key issue in Albtelecom sell-off

20 Mar 2007

According to local press reports the Albanian government is coming under intense pressure to complete the privatisation of former telecoms incumbent Albtelecom but is struggling to arbitrate between the Turkish company Calik Enerji, which has offered to buy a 51% stake in Albtelecom, and Greek telco OTE, which is seeking to protect its position in the wireless sector. Albtelecom owns the country’s third GSM licence via its wholly owned subsidiary Eagle Mobile. Eagle’s licence, which was awarded free of charge in 2004, reportedly contains a clause allowing it to roam over the networks of rivals Albania Mobile Communications (AMC) and Vodafone while it is in its start-up phase. Both network operators are keen for the government to omit this clause in the agreement, claiming it is unfair.

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