23 Nov 2015
Serbia’s Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications & Postal Services (Regulatorna Agencija za Elektronske Komunikacije i Postanske, RATEL) has completed the auction of 4G 800MHz digital dividend mobile licences, awarding concessions to each of the country’s three cellular network operators for a total of EUR105.05 million (USD111.81 million). Telekom Srbija (under the Mobile Telephony of Serbia [MTS] brand) paid EUR35.05 million for its 2×10MHz technology neutral concession, while Telenor Serbia and Mobilkom Serbia (VIP Mobile) both paid EUR35.00 million for similar licences within the 791MHz-821MHz / 832MHz-862MHz spectrum range. The incumbent trio were the only bidders in the contest which set the starting price for a 2×5MHz block at EUR17.5 million (meaning that the minimum EUR35 million price for each 2×10MHz licence was only exceeded by a fraction). The LTE-suitable permits are valid for ten years, extendable for another five, and winners are expected to launch mobile broadband services using the new frequencies within four months of the award of licences.