Full Monte? Incumbents unimpressed by plan for 4th cellco

12 Jan 2016

Montenegro’s Agency for Electronic Communications and Post (Agencija za Elektronske Komunikacije i Postansku Djelatnost, EKIP) has revealed that it has received expressions of interest from several foreign companies regarding a possible fourth mobile licence in the small Balkan country. EKIP director Zoran Sekulic has been quoted by online journal Balkan Insight as saying: ‘Certain interest from foreign investors has been expressed. Therefore EKIP has designed procedures to reserve a part of the radio frequency resources for potential new operators and to provide them with sufficient radio frequency resources for commercial operation.’ Representatives from the country’s three incumbent operators – Telenor, Crnogorski Telekom and M:tel – have reportedly voiced their collective unhappiness about the development.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, EKIP attempted to introduce a fourth player back in October 2011, only for the tender to fall flat. The would-be concession comprised a five-year authorisation to use 2×5.2MHz in the 900MHz range, 2×14MHz at 1800MHz and 2×15MHz in the 2100MHz range. EKIP set a minimum price of EUR1.315 million (USD1.434 million) per concession, and required bidders to have at least three years’ experience providing electronic communication services. In the absence of a new bidder, incumbent operator Telenor scooped the spectrum.