Consortium wins mobile licence in Croatia

Thursday 23 December 2004 17:00 CET | News

A Croatian-Swedish consortium has obtained the third mobile telecommunications licence in Croatia for 20 years, the state telecommunications agency said yesterday.

The consortium, which groups Swedish operator Tele2 and nine Croatian companies, had two rivals -- French Match Telekom and local Croatia Mobile -- but their offers lacked proper bank guarantees, agency head Gaspar Gacina said. Tele 2 obtained the licence to operate a combined GSM/UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) mobile phone network in Croatia for which it is to pay 172 million kunas ($40.2 million) during the first year. The contract has to be signed by February 2005. Tele2 was the sole bidder for the third mobile telecommunications licence in Croatia in October, but the agency rejected the offer, arguing that it did not contribute sufficiently to the development of the national economy. The latest offer was much better than the one in October, Gacina said. About 55 per cent of Croatias population of 4.4 milion is thought to have a mobile phone. Until now the Croatian mobile phone market has been split between Croatian Telecom owned by Deutsche Telecom, and VIPnet, owned by Telekom Austria, which won a licence in 1998. Croatias fixed-line market, monopolised by Croatian Telecom, is to be opened to two more more operators, local Optima Telekom and H1, next year.

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