SLOVAKIA's Telecom Bureau (TÚ) market regulator is to issue a permit to Telefonica O2 Slovakia to operate a mobile network in the country this week, according to TÚ spokesman Roman Vavro.
Telefonica, which earlier won a tender for a third mobile operator in Slovakia, will be allowed to provide services immediately once the permit takes effect.
"After the operator gets permission it has 15 days to challenge the verdict, but it can also pass on this option. In this case the permit takes effect immediately," Vavro said.
Telefonica will be able to provide services through the institution of national roaming, which enables it to use the networks of existing operators.
"To operate its own stations the operator needs other permits for concrete stations as well as construction permits," Vavro said.
In early August Telefonica O2 Slovakia said it expected to start operating on a national roaming basis in the last quarter of 2006. It plans to launch the commercial operation of its own network within 10 months of receiving its license.