Slovakia’s 4ka wants spectrum caps to remain in place

31 Jul 2019

Slovak cellular operator SWAN Mobile, which trades under the brand 4ka, is considering legal action to prevent the country’s telecoms regulator from removing a spectrum cap which is in place to limit the amount of frequencies which can be held by any one operator. 4ka joined the market in 2015 and competes against the well-established trio of Orange, Slovak Telekom (ST) and O2. While its rivals hold spectrum across a number of bands, 4ka is limited to frequencies in the 1800MHz range.

A report from Zive says that the firm is unhappy that the Regulator’s Office (Regulacny Urad, RU) is proposing to lift restrictions on spectrum holdings, saying its larger competitors have the financial resources to dominate any future auctions. 4ka’s CEO Roman Vavrik is quoted as saying: ‘We will not be able to overtake our multinational competitors – given the financial possibilities. Therefore, we will consider whether we will participate at all or bring another lawsuit due to unfair terms of competition.’