More 3G licences on offer (Macedonia)
The Agency for Electronic Communication (AEC) has relaunched a tender for two unallocated 3G mobile licences in Macedonia (FYROM), according to IntelliNews. In November 2008 Macedonian mobile operator T-Mobile won the country’s second UMTS licence, when it was the sole bidder in an auction for up to three concessions. The following month the cellco paid EUR10 million (USD12.7 million) for the licence, which obliges it to launch 3G services within six months and expand coverage to 80% of households within three years. T-Mobile will join the country’s other dominant mobile operator Cosmofon, which was awarded a UMTS licence in January last year following a tender in November 2007. The cellco claims to have met the terms of its licence concerning minimum coverage targets ahead of the February 2009 deadline and, as such, launched commercial services in September 2008. Cosmofon’s 3G services are initially available to 50% of the population, mainly in large cities such as Skopje, Bitola, Ohrid, Gostivar, Tetovo and Kavadarci.