Slovakia’s national mail operator Slovenska Posta is looking to invest up to EUR2 million (USD2.2 million) to take a 20% stake in its proposed mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) venture Postatel, which is to be set up under a memorandum of understanding with the country’s newest mobile provider, SWAN. According to local news portal Mobilmania, Slovenska Posta will agree to a two-year investment plan.
As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate earlier this week, Postatel is expected to get off the ground in the third quarter of this year, though the timing depends on the availability of national voice/data roaming, which SWAN has so far been unable to agree with the trio of incumbent cellcos. Since launching in March, SWAN has been restricted to using its own limited infrastructure to provide a data-only service, with 100GB of 4G bandwidth being offered for EUR5 a month. Mobilmania says, however, that a roaming deal may soon be reached with Slovak Telekom, with an agreement expected to be in place by mid-June.
While SWAN will target the higher end of the market under its own brand, Postatel will be a mass-market option, utilising the national network of post offices as retail outlets. The MVNO is therefore reliant on national roaming coming into effect before it can launch a service. SWAN is thought to be seeking compensation from its rivals for the delay in agreeing roaming contracts.