Telemach ordered to return part of its 3G spectrum

10 Jul 2019

Slovenian fixed and mobile operator Telemach has been told it must return 2×5MHz of spectrum in the 2100MHz band. The spectrum was originally awarded free of charge in 2008 to Tusmobil, a cellular operator which was acquired by Telemach in 2014. Slovenia’s other cellcos challenged the decision to hand the frequencies to Tusmobil at no cost when they themselves had paid for 3G licences which included 2100MHz spectrum, but Tusmobil, and then Telemach, were permitted to retain the licence.

A report from STA now says that the Agency for Communications Networks & Services (Agencija za komunikacijska omrezja in storitve, AKOS) intends to revoke the spectrum on 30 September and then offer it for sale. The decision follows an Administrative Court ruling against the 2008 award. While Telemach says it will appeal the move, it has also stated that losing the 2100MHz frequencies will not affect its operations as it has sufficient spectrum remaining.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Telemach accounted for 21.6% of Slovenia’s mobile market at the end of March 2019, behind Telekom Slovenije with 42.6% and A1 with 30.4%, but ahead of the smallest operator T-2, which claimed just 5.4%.