Albania: mobile rates to fall; fourth licence up for grabs

3 Sep 2008

Albania’s Minister of Telecommunications Sokol Olldashi has announced that by October the country’s three wireless network operators will have reduced their tariffs by 20%. The reduction follows a decision by the Telecommunication Regulation Agency (ERT) which lowers interconnection rates between mobile operators. The Minister also announced the opening of an international tender for the country’s fourth wireless licence in October, to compete with the established trio of Vodafone, AMC and Eagle Mobile. Eagle Mobile is a subsidiary of Albtelekom, the former state owned fixed line company which was sold to a consortium comprising Turk Telecom and Calik Holding in 2007 for EUR120 million (USD174.5 million).