Balkans.com is reporting that Vodafone Albania will launch its 3G network this month, just weeks after winning the country’s sole UMTS concession. Vodafone bagged the licence by offering EUR31.4 million (USD43.79 million), more than twice the EUR12.5 million price tag set by the Albanian telecoms regulator AKEP. Vodafone’s offer beat its Turkish-owned rival Eagle Mobile’s bid of EUR12.6 million. AKEP’s Offer Assessment Commission evaluated Vodafone’s offer with the full 100 points, while Eagle Mobile garnered 46 points.
According to Telegeography’s GlobalComms Database, as the winner of the 3G licence Vodafone will be required to ensure network coverage of 35% of the territory within six months of licensing, rising to 65% in twelve and 85% in 18 months. It was required to pay for the licence within seven days of the announcement and launch commercial services within two months of the licence award. Annual payments of around ALL23.05 million (USD232,000) will be liable for spectrum usage.