Slovakia’s fourth mobile network operator (MNO) SWAN Mobile, which trades under the ‘4ka’ brand, says it signed up more than 250,000 customers in its first year of operation. Having launched full commercial services to around 40% of the country on 3 October 2015, the firm says it has now deployed LTE networks covering over 64% of the population in almost 150 cities and towns, with plans to increase this to 70% by the end of this year. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, SWAN could claim around 2.5% of all mobile users in Slovakia at the end of June 2016, though the cellco says its share of the pre-paid card market is closer to 12%.
Separately, Telecompaper writes that SWAN Mobile plans to take legal action against rival operators for failing to open their networks for national roaming. SWAN’s licence obliges the three established operators – Slovak Telekom, Orange and O2 – to provide the newcomer with wholesale access to enable it to offer a nationwide service, but no deals have so far been signed. The report suggests that negotiations are most advanced with Slovak Telekom, with the two sides having agreed on the technical aspects of a deal but not on prices. For its part, O2 says a roaming deal was offered to SWAN but was turned down.