Government fails in latest bid to boost mobile competition

27 Aug 2009

The government of Macedonia has reportedly failed in its latest attempt to increase competition in the country’s mobile market, Kanal 5 reports. In a second bid to drum up interest, the Macedonian Agency for Electronic Communications (AEC) apparently solicited interest from 19 of the world’s biggest telecoms companies including Vodafone Group (UK), Telefonica of Spain, China Telecom, Telenor Norway and companies in India, Russia and South America. The AEC invited them to enter an auction for two 3G mobile licences but none of the firms approached showed interest in investing in the country. In order to make it more attractive this time, the licence was offered at a reserve price of just EUR5 million (USD7.1 million).