Macedonian mobile operator T-Mobile is to receive the country’s second 3G mobile licence, says the national regulator the Agency for Electronic Communication (AEC). The watchdog’s announcement follows a recent tender for up to three licences in which T-Mobile was the sole bidder. The cellco will now be asked to pay EUR10 million (USD12.7 million) to the government for its concession, the AEC said in a press release. If all goes to plan, the regulator will formally approve the award on 22 December.
T-Mobile will join the country’s other dominant mobile operator Cosmofon, which was awarded a UMTS licence last year following a tender in November 2007. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, the cellco claims to have met the terms of its licence concerning minimum coverage targets ahead of the February 2009 deadline and, as such, launched commercial services in September this year. Cosmofon’s 3G services are initially available to 50% of the population, mainly in large cities such as Skopje, Bitola, Ohrid, Gostivar, Tetovo and Kavadarci.
Additional bids for the two unallocated licences are expected soon.