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Tender for fourth mobile operator

Slovakia’s telecommunications market regulator launched a tender for a fourth mobile communications operator on March 31, the SITA newswire wrote.

Slovakia’s telecommunications market regulator launched a tender for a fourth mobile communications operator on March 31, the SITA newswire wrote.

According to the published offer, the offered price for frequency distribution in the 872-876 MHz/917-921 MHz band will be the sole criterion for the assessment of bids. The regulator expects a minimum of Sk30 million. Applications and bids must be delivered by April 29. The frequencies are operative across Slovakia and will be awarded for 20 years.

The frequency bloc is determined for the operation of a national mobile communication network, which uses broadband digital technology and provides publicly accessible electronic communication services. The allocated bloc will expand the current offer particularly in the field of the high-speed mobile Internet, according to the Telecommunications Office.

The regulator's spokesman, Roman Vavro, said that a selection commission would evaluate submitted bids. Commission members will be appointed by the regulator’s chairman. The commission will draft the order of applicants that will be binding for the regulator. The tender will have only one winner, who will offer the highest one-time payment.

The Telecommunications Office received an application for allocation of frequencies in the 870 MHz band last year, based on which it started preparations for the above mentioned tender. The 872-876 MHz/917-921 MHz band is close to GSM band, used by traditional mobile service providers.

"The winner of the tender will use different technology and the end devices will differ from the commonly used mobile phones," the regulator stated. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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