SBB petitions for 5G spectrum auction in Serbia

SBB petitions for 5G spectrum auction in Serbia

Serbian internet service provider SBB has called on regulator RATEL and the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications to auction 5G spectrum.

As reported by CommsUpdate, the government of Serbia previously stated its intent to hold 5G spectrum auctions in March 2021. Citing the pandemic, it has now delayed the planned sale until the end of the year.

To support its argument for holding the auctions sooner, SBB submitted a study that it has carried out which found that issuing multi-band 5G spectrum would foster greater competition in the market.

The study argues that Serbia’s mobile market has settled into a “cosy status quo” due to the lack of serious competition. SBB claims this has had a detrimental effect on the quality of services in the market, which it claims are both more expensive and inferior to their equivalents in comparable markets Austria, Croatia and Slovenia.

SBB CEO Milija Zekovic said: “SBB believes that the conditions in the country have matured sufficiently to start the auction. The time is right for Serbia to follow its EU neighbours and ensure its 5G future. We must take full advantage of all the opportunities that the development of a digital society means for citizens. The rapid introduction of 5G services is a prerequisite for this.”

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