Swedish telco Tele2 has bid EUR7.2 million (USD9.23 million) for Albania’s fourth wireless licence, according to the ATA news agency. Local firm Univer offered EUR5 million while Post and Telecommunication Kosovo (PTK) offered an unspecified sum. ‘Official sources say the evaluation will be done in the coming days,’ ATA said.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms, until March 2008 Albania was home to a duopoly in the wireless arena, with the market shared between Greek-owned Albanian Mobile Communications (AMC) and Vodafone. In that month however fixed line incumbent Albtelecom’s wireless subsidiary launched services under the banner Eagle Mobile, and by the end of 2008 it had accumulated 260,000 customers.