Albania to award third 3G licence by February 2012.

By bne IntelliNews December 23, 2011
Albanian government plans to award the third 3G licence by February 2012, local news agency Lajmifundit cited statement of minister of innovation and ICT, Genc Pollo. The tender procedure is expected to be launched in days at an initial price of EUR 12.5mn, same as in previous two tenders. At present two mobile phone companies offer 3G services in Albania. The local unit of UKs Vodafone won the countrys first 15-year 3G licence in November 2010 offering EUR 31.4mn. Albanian Mobile Communications (AMC), the local subsidiary of Greek OTE, won the second tender in September 2011 offering the highest bid of EUR 15.1mn. The number of mobile internet users in Albania stood at 99,000 as of end-June 2011, data from communication watchdog showed. The total broadband connections, including fixed and mobile users, were 140,000 providing a 4.3% population coverage ratio. Albanias mobile broadband penetration stood at 0.2% as of end-2010, lagging behind the 7.2% average for the EU.

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