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Mobilkom Macedonia (VIP Mobile) doubled its revenues in the first quarter of this year, according to the financial report published by its parent Telekom Austria. In the three months under review VIP Mobile reported revenues of EUR3.9 million (USD5.3 million), compared with EUR1.8 million in the same time period last year. The strong rise was attributed to ‘high subscription fees’ as well as a significant increase in the number of customers on its books. Nevertheless, the company posted a net pre-tax loss of EUR4.3 million in the first three months of 2009, down from a loss of EUR6 million in the same time period last year. VIP Mobile, the third largest mobile operator in the Republic of Macedonia by subscribers, had 213,000 customers by 31 March 2009, compared to 163,300 customers a year earlier. The number of subscribers has declined from 242,000 at the end of December 2008 however, as a result of the firm removing inactive customers from its base.
Macedonia’s (FYROM) Agency for Electronic Communications has relaunched the tender of two 3G mobile licences that were left unsold in an auction last November. On offer are two 2100MHz band UMTS concessions, both including 2x15MHz FDD and 1x5MHz TDD frequency blocks. The licences are valid for ten years, and carry obligations to roll out a third-generation network covering 50% of the Republic’s population within a year, rising to 80% in three years. Commercial services must be launched within six months of receiving a concession. Services covered by the licences include mobile, fixed-wireless and internet provision. A minimum one-off licence fee is set at EUR5 million (USD6.5 million). The deadline for submission of bids is 40 days from the date of publishing the public tender in the government’s official gazette. Cosmofon launched FYROM’s first 3G service last year, and T-Mobile became the country’s second UMTS licensee when it was the sole bidder in November’s auction.
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.