Albanian Eagle Mobile to launch 3G services in January 2013.

By bne IntelliNews January 14, 2013
Albanian wireless operator Eagle Mobile, owned by Turkey's Calik Group, is expected to launch its 3G network in Albania in January 2013, AINA news agency reported. Eagle Mobile participated in Albanias third 3G licence tender in October 2012 and was the only company to submit an offer higher than the floor price of EUR 4mn. At present, two mobile phone companies offer 3G services in Albania. The local unit of UKs Vodafone won Albanias 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. A total of 231,441 of Vodafones client use broadband mobile internet services as of end-June 2012, or 12.6% of total clients base. AMC had 76.850 users of 3G services, or 4.5% of total, the latest data from Electronic and Postal Communications Authority showed. Eagle Mobile had 1.3mn mobile subscriptions at end-June 2012, which corresponded to a 24.66% market share.

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