The Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic (TU SR) has launched a public tender for a block of frequencies to operate mobile communications network services. The 20-year concession up for bidding includes the frequencies 872MHz-876MHz and 912MHz-921MHz. The only evaluation criteria for the new concession is a lump-sum payment of SKK30 million (USD1.5 million), and applications must be received by the regulator by 29 April 2008.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Slovakia has three GSM-900/1800 mobile network operators. Telefonica O2 Slovakia joined Orange Slovensko and T-Mobile Slovensko in February 2007 via a national roaming agreement with T-Mobile, and launched services over its own GSM network in August 2007. All three cellcos are licensed to provide 3G UMTS services in the 2100MHz band, whilst the new frequency allocations could be applied to UMTS-900 high speed data services. T-Mobile Slovensko, owned by incumbent telco Slovak Telekom, also launched a nationwide wireless broadband network in the 450MHz band based on Flash-OFDM technology in October 2005. The issuing of broadband fixed wireless access (BFWA) licences, including WiMAX, in various frequency bands, has formed part of the government’s attempts to boost the availability of high speed internet access.