Based on the new Act on Electronic Communications (ZEKom-1) that came into force on 15 January 2013, the Post and Electronic Communications Agency (APEK) will be permitted to extend the rights to use the 900 MHz frequencies currently vested in Mobitel and Simobil which expire in 2013. According to the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport the extension is justified as absolutely necessary to ensure the existing quality of telecommunication services until the refarming through the public tender in 2015. Although a new concession fee shall be due with respect to the planned extension, the proposal is facing strong opposition from Tušmobil d.o.o.and T2 d.o.o. In their view, the proposal poses various problems and could further distort competition in the Slovenian telecommunications market. APEK plans to issue a public tender encompassing the whole 900 MHz spectrum as well as the open frequencies of the 800 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2600 MHz spectrums by the start of 2015. Certain 2100 MHz spectrum, the 2x10 MHz (FDD) and 1x5 MHz (TDD) is still available. However, if vested alone and before the tender in 2015, the open 2100 MHz frequencies are likely to be vested to one of the existing operators.
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Proposal to extend Mobitel’s and Simobil’s rights to use 900 MHz frequencies
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