Slovakia has begun auctioning 4G spectrum in multiple bands.
The country’s regulator TUSR has stated that bidders have until October 7th to submit offers for frequencies in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2.6GHz bands.
The terms of licence would oblige operators to provide LTE coverage to a minimum of half the country’s population by the end of 2018. The three main Slovakian mobile operators – O2 (owned by Telefonica), Orange and Slovak Telekom – have all registered an interest in bidding.
In addition to the big three, a number of local and international companies have also expressed an interest. These include triple-play provider Slovanet, broadcasting services provider Towercom, and holding company VelaTel Global. In addition, private equity firm PPF – which is widely expected to bid in the upcoming Czech 4G auctions – is reportedly also keen to enter the Slovakian mobile market.