Albanian Mobile Communications (AMC), the Balkan nation’s largest cellco by subscribers has announced that it has expanded the footprint of its 3.5G network to cover 95% of the population. The HSPA+ network was officially launched in January this year with 90% population coverage, and AMC is aiming to achieve 99% coverage over the next few months. Commenting on the challenges facing the cellco during the final stages of the rollout, Rauf Elmas, AMC’s technical director said: ‘After one covers the plain areas and the other more reachable landscapes of the country, it comes to remote areas and the higher terrains… our aim is to provide the same quality of service, whether is in the centre of the capital Tirana, or a remote village.’
As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, AMC won Albania’s second 3G concession in September 2011, following on the heels of Vodafone Albania, which was the first operator to receive a 3G licence in November 2010 before launching services the following January. Albanian regulator the Electronic and Postal Communications Authority (AKEP) auctioned a third concession earlier this year but, with no bids entered above the minimum price, the tender ended in failure.