A decision of the Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic (TU SR) imposing licence renewal fees on the country’s two largest cellcos has been upheld by the state, reports Hnonline.sk. Orange Slovensko, owned by France Telecom, and T-Mobile, part of Deutsche Telekom-controlled Slovak Telekom, had appealed an earlier ruling by the regulator in August setting the amount of licence extension fees for their GSM concessions, but both attempts were dismissed by the state department of spectrum management.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in August the TU SR decided to renew both licences for ten years dependent on Orange (the current market leader by subscribers) paying EUR40.7 million (USD54.8 million) while T-Mobile was made liable for a higher fee of EUR47.8 million. The regulator said that the fees were calculated based on projected subscriber numbers and average revenue per user (ARPU) up to 2021. Orange had 2.85 million subscribers at end-June 2011 ahead of T-Mobile with 2.35 million users.