Montenegro expects arrival of first MVNO, 800MHz/2600MHz auction due in 2015

9 Jan 2015

Montenegro is likely to see the arrival of a fourth mobile provider this year, according to the executive director of telecoms watchdog (EKIP), Zoran Sekulic. In an interview with Mina Business, quoted by local news portal CDM, the official explained that the regulator has created a robust legal framework with ‘good conditions’ for the entry of new players into the nation’s electronic communications sector. However, the only new player that has so far expressed an interest in entering the wireless market is Budva-based Prontotel, which intends to launch as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Sekulic explained that EKIP has established the regulatory framework for the launch of MVNO services, and Prontotel is expected to launch commercially later this year, becoming Montengro’s first MVNO. Elsewhere, EKIP said that around 60 new companies had signed up to enter the electronic communications space, although the official did not specify what services these operators might provide.

Meanwhile the official also noted that there will be a glut of spectrum up for grabs in 2015, with the regulator set to auction off 800MHz ‘digital dividend’ (790MHz-862MHz) frequencies as well as unused airwaves in the 2600MHz range.