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Slovak Telekom to appeal against licence extension fee

Slovak Telekom, one of the biggest telecommunications providers in Slovakia, says it objects to paying €48 million to extend its mobile-phone frequency licence and plans to appeal against the decision of the Telecommunication Office (TÚ), the Hospodárske Noviny daily reported.

Slovak Telekom, one of the biggest telecommunications providers in Slovakia, says it objects to paying €48 million to extend its mobile-phone frequency licence and plans to appeal against the decision of the Telecommunication Office (TÚ), the Hospodárske Noviny daily reported.

Neither representatives of Slovak Telekom nor its majority shareholder Deutsche Telekom said whether they would challenge the amount, or the use of ARPU (average revenue per user) indicators to calculate the final fee.

“They will fight for the principle to pay nothing, or to pay the lowest possible fee,” said Jozef Orgonáš, editor of PC Revue magazine, as quoted by Hospodárske Noviny.

The board of directors of the other big mobile operator in Slovakia, Orange Slovensko, is also pondering whether to challenge the TÚ decision to charge €41 million for its frequency licence. Before the TÚ announced the extension fees the company had indicated that if its one-off charge were higher than €5 million, it would consider arbitration against Slovakia. In 2006 Telefónica Slovakia, the third – and smallest – mobile provider, paid €5 million for its 20-year GSM and 3G licences.

Source: Hospodárske Noviny

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

For more information on this story see also: Orange and T-Mobile get the bill for licence extensions.

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