Albania’s four mobile network operators have collectively asked the government to scrap plans to issue a single 3G licence for EUR12.5 million (USD15.9 million) and issue four cheaper licences instead. AMC, owned by Greece’s OTE, Vodafone Albania, Turkish-owned Eagle Mobile and newcomer Plus jointly requested the government review its decision to issue only one concession. ‘The limitation of issuing a single licence through a public tender could endanger the process and create a monopoly in the Albanian market,’ the cellcos said in a statement. They maintain that issuing four permits, at a ‘favourable fee’ would better serve the government’s agenda and increase demand for fast broadband, in turn creating competition and encouraging investment.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, at the end of June 2010 Albania had 4.46 million mobile subscribers, an increase of 6% on the start of the year.