RTA to launch fixed-wireless tender in March, fixed line concession to follow in June

18 Mar 2009

SeeNews reports that Serbia will call a tender for two licences to operate fixed- wireless networks using the CDMA standard ‘within ten days’. The country will also hold a tender for a concession to provide fixed line voice services in June. According to the chairman of the telecoms regulator’s managing board, Jovan Radunovic, the CDMA-based licences will cover rural areas, where there is currently no fixed line infrastructure.

Telecommunications Minister Jasna Matic, meanwhile has said that Belgrade’s plans to call a tender for an unspecified number of WiMAX licences had been put on hold due to the global financial downturn. ‘Unfortunately, we have been affected by the global crisis and that is why we made the decision that we probably would not be able to attract enough interested bidders to launch this process, which has been quite problematic around the world. And now, as the crisis continues, it is unlikely that anyone would be willing to invest in WiMAX in Serbia and develop it successfully,’ she told local radio station B92.