National telecoms regulator the Agency for Electronic Communications (AEC) has received no interest in its tender for a 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile licence to offer ultra-high speed mobile services in the country, SeeNews cites an AEC spokesman Marjan Pejovski as saying on Monday. The watchdog had set a fee of EUR15 million (USD19.4 million) on the fourth-generation frequency. Pejovski declined to provide further information when asked for comment, but the news is a blow to the nation’s ambitions for LTE.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in November 2011 the AEC sent invitations to around 50 ‘global’ mobile operators to participate in the tender for the deployment of 4G services in the Republic. The AEC reportedly sent letters of intent to the likes of Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom-Orange, Telekom Austria, Turkcell, Telenor of Norway, Greek operator Cosmote, Qatar Telecom, China Mobile and to several operators from the USA, Russia, Italy, the UK and India. The tender invitation was due to be opened by 1 December, with the AEC saying that if it received interest from at least three bidders, a tender for bids would be launched. Under the AEC’s terms and conditions for the deployment of 4G services, winning bidders would have to invest a minimum EUR2.5 million for the installation of 80 base stations in the country.