By: Milen Vesovic
Belgrade, 19 November (Serbia Today) – A tender for application to become the second independent fixed telephone line operator will be announced tomorrow, confirmed the Minister of Telecommunications, Jasna Matic. One of the conditions of the tender will be that the candidate must have a minimum of one million current subscribers to their cellular program in Serbia.
“I believe that the conditions of this tender will attract the best possible providers in the market,” said Matic.
Though there is no reserve or minimum price established for the bid on this tender. Once the bids are opened on January 12th by the Republic (of Serbia) Telecommunications Agency (RATEL), the highest bidder meeting the qualification of the tender will be selected.
Details of the tender will be made public once the tender is run this week. RATEL has set a number of criteria relating to the number of users to be served by the tender and the expected revenue. Once these details about the tender are know, SBB and Telenor, the two most serious candidates for the new license, should make their intentions known.
Call for public tender were published in the Financial Times and Politika business sections yesterday (Friday), and will be published again this coming Monday in the Serbian daily Gazeta.
In Serbia, there is only one provider for fixed telephone line service – the State owned telecommunications company - Telekom Serbia