The Slovak telecoms regulator the Office for Electronic Communications & Postal Services (RU) has ordered the country’s incumbent mobile network operators (MNOs) to provide national roaming services to the fourth largest cellco by subscribers, SWAN Mobile (operating under the brand name 4ka). SWAN launched its LTE network in October last year and one year on, the company announced it now has more than 250,000 subscribers.
SWAN’s licence obliges the three established MNOs – Slovak Telekom, Orange and O2 – to provide the newcomer with wholesale access to enable it to offer a nationwide service in the 900MHz and 1800MHz frequency bands, but so far no national roaming deals have been agreed. According to the RU the quality of service provided for SWAN must match that which the dominant firms offer. The companies have 15 days to appeal against the regulator’s decision.