Croatia’s T-Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT), part of the Deutsche Telekom group, has responded to the regulator HAKOM’s public call for 4G mobile licence applications in the digital dividend (790MHz-862MHz) band, by applying for a 2×10MHz spectrum allocation. The prospective twelve-year licence carries a fixed one-off fee of HRK150 million (USD26.5 million), with additional annual fees for usage of frequencies set at standard levels for existing mobile licences in Croatia. The licensing process is set to be concluded by 15 October. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that both T-HT and nearest cellular rival VIPnet, part of the Telekom Austria group, launched commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) services using the 1800MHz band in March 2012, while the regulator’s 2×30MHz concession sale in the 800MHz band should leave room for third operator Tele2 Croatia or a new entrant to the 4G market.
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