Ljubljana, 17 April (STA) - The three biggest Slovenian mobile operators, Telekom Slovenije, Simobil and Tušmobil, are bidding for new mobile frequencies at 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz that can be used for fourth-generation LTE mobile telephony services, showed Wednesday's public opening of bids at the Agency for Post and Electronic Communications (APEK).
APEK, which has already established that all the applications meet procedural requirements, now has until mid-June to decide on bids.
The aim of APEK's technology-neutral call is to provide radio frequencies for mobile telephony under favourable conditions in order to promote the expansion of next-generation broadband service.
The agency is still planning a big-bang auction of frequencies at 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 Mhz, 2100 MHz and 2600 MHz in 2014, but has decided to go ahead with the smaller auction to respond to demand among operators who will see their existing 900 MHz and 1800 MHz licenses expire in 2016.
It has been known for a while that the two biggest mobile operators Telekom Slovenije and Simobil have interest in launching 4G services, for which they require additional frequencies.