6 Sep 2011
Albanian Mobile Communications (AMC) has announced that it has won the tender for the country’s second 3G licence. The licence grants the use of 2×15MHz paired spectrum (1935MHz-1950MHz paired with 2125MHz–2140MHz) and 5MHz in the 1905MHz-1910MHz band. The regulator set the minimum price at EUR12.5 million (USD17.6 million); AMC, part of the Greek Cosmote group, reportedly entered a bid of EUR15.1 million, trumping its rival Eagle Mobile which offered EUR12.9 million.
AMC’s CEO Dimitris Blatsios said that AMC is keen to break Vodafone Albania’s monopoly on 3G services and that the company has ‘been patiently waiting to get the chance to provide the Albanian market with reliable and cost effective data products, based on the latest and most advanced 3G technology’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Vodafone was the first operator to offer 3G services in Albania, over a W-CDMA network which launched in January 2011. At the end of the June 2011 it had signed up an estimated 50,000 customers to data services.