SLOVAKIA'S third mobile operator, Telefónica O2 Slovakia, will start offering its services as of February 2007.
"We will offer prepaid services during the first phase, and will start providing postpaid [invoiced] services starting in the second quarter of 2007," said the company's director, Juraj Šedivý, at a press conference held on December 6.
Until it builds its own network, Telefónica will provide its services using national roaming - a method that utilises the networks of other mobile operators on the Slovak market.
At the end of this November, the company had already signed a national roaming agreement with its competitor, T-Mobile Slovensko.
Šedivý said that the priority for Telefónica is to build its own network based on the latest IP technology. Their network should be launched within two years.
Telefónica will open its first branch office in February on the day that their commercial operations will start. The operator plans to employ 120 people in January, a number that should increase to 200 by the end of 2007.
Telefónica also introduced their first offer for their first customers. It offers calls within the O2 network for Sk2 per minute, including VAT, at any time of the day. This offer is for people who fill in a non-binding registration during the period between December 15, 2006 and January 31, 2007. Telefonica will not release the prices for calls to competing networks sooner than their first day of commercial operations, but promises that the prices will be "attractive".