Tusmobil 3G licence award ‘unlawful’ says anti-corruption commission

5 Mar 2009

Slovenia’s Commission for Prevention of Corruption has supported in principle an allegation that officials of the Postal and Electronic Communications Agency (APEK) broke rules when they awarded a 3G UMTS mobile operating licence free of charge to Tusmobil, thus enabling a third party to unlawfully profit from the deal, reports Finance.si. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, APEK invited applications for the country’s fourth 3G licence in December 2007, which it awarded in April 2008 free of charge to Tusmobil, part of the Slovenian Tus Telekom group. Amidst protests from other cellcos, the regulator explained that it issued the licence without public tender and at no initial cost because of the lack of any other interested parties. APEK disagrees with the claims of the commission.