Slovenia’s three largest mobile operators Telekom Slovenije, Si.Mobil and Tusmobil have entered bids for additional mobile frequencies in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands, suitable for fourth-generation (4G) LTE-based services, it was revealed after the country’s Agency for Post and Electronic Communications (APEK) publicly opened bidding applications yesterday (Wednesday 17 April), the STA news agency reported. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, APEK issued an open invitation for the 1800MHz/2100MHz tender in March, with the deadline for submission of applications passing on 15 April 2013. On offer are eight 2×5MHz sub-bands in the 1800MHz range (1710MHz-1720MHz and 1755MHz-1785MHz paired with 1805MHz-1815MHz and 1850MHz-1880MHz) with validity up to 3 January 2016; plus two 2×5MHz sub-bands in the 2100MHz band valid for the period ended 21 September 2021 (1955MHz-1965MHz paired with 2145MHz-2155MHz). Licence winners must offer services in the specific bands covering at least 30% of the population within one year of the licence award. APEK expects to announce licence winners on 1 June 2013.
Also on Wednesday 17 April, APEK published a contract tender for conducting an independent study aimed at determining the optimal level for the base pricing in the upcoming multi-band auctions involving frequencies in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz bands. The contract will be published on the portal of the European Union under the Electronic Tenders (daily) section and also published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 32/2013. The deadline for submission of tenders is 30 May 2013.