Slovak Telekom’s mobile renewal fee must be recalculated, court tells regulator

24 Aug 2012

Slovakia’s apex court has ruled invalid a EUR47.8 million (USD60.0 million) fee issued to Slovak Telekom last year by the country’s telecoms regulator for renewal of its mobile licence, Reuters reports. The Deutsche Telekom subsidiary’s ten-year extension fee must now be recalculated by the Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic (TU SR), under orders of the Supreme Court, which called into question the watchdog’s calculation methodology. The outcome could set a precedent for a recalculation of rival cellco Orange Slovakia’s licence extension fee, as the France Telecom subsidiary also has a complaint pending against its EUR40.7 million charge paid last year.