T-Mobile liable for higher licence fee than Orange

11 Aug 2011

Slovakian mobile operators Orange and T-Mobile (part of Slovak Telekom) have been told they will pay a combined total of EUR88.5 million (USD126 million) to renew their operating licences for ten years. The Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic (TU SR) decided that France Telecom-owned Orange must pay EUR40.7 million while Deutsche Telekom-controlled T-Mobile is liable for a higher fee of EUR47.8 million, although the operators may appeal the decision. The TU SR said that the fees were calculated based on projected subscriber numbers and average revenue per user (ARPU) up to 2021; TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Orange was the market leader with 2.85 million subscribers at end-June 2011 ahead of T-Mobile with 2.35 million users. The database also says that in April 2011 Orange and T-Mobile both confirmed that they would comply with payments for their GSM-900 and GSM-1800 licence extensions under newly amended legislation and fees to be set by the TU SR upon the concessions expiring in August 2011 (provided that the new fees were ‘transparent’, a T-Mobile spokesperson added).