Ljubljana, 01 May (STA) - The Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sport is to speed up the procedures for a public call for bids for 4G mobile telecommunications frequencies. Slovenia's two biggest mobile operators have already expressed interest for providing LTE-based 4G mobile broadband services.
The ministry is thus preparing a development strategy for mobile telecommunications and the call for tenders is being prepared by the Agency for Post and Electronic Communications (APEK), which is analysing experience of other countries with 4G introduction.
According to an EU decision, member states are to open the 800 MHz band for electronic telecommunications, introducing 4G, by 1 January 2013, however, APEK could not predict when the LTE call for bids would in fact come out in Slovenia.
The 800 MHz frequency band was freed with Slovenia's transition from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting (DVB-T) in December 2010.
The ministry says it will also consider the priority of providing 4G-network access to rural parts of Slovenia, which are currently lagging behind urban areas in broadband internet access.