Slovenia’s Tus Mobil, owned by domestic retail magnate Mirko Tus, has announced that it will launch commercial services over its own GSM network on 31 October, Slovene Press Agency reports. The cellco will offer new subscription plans covering bundled voice minutes, text messages and data use, in competition with state-owned market leader Mobitel and Telekom Austria subsidiary Si.Mobil. Tus Mobil currently offers nationwide services via roaming on market leader Mobitel’s network, but is building out its own infrastructure in phases. The network currently covers 39.2% of the population, while comprehensive coverage is expected in 2009, according to Tus Mobil director Marko Fujs. Three-year investment needed to complete the rollout project is estimated at EUR200 million (USD289 million), with at least EUR20 million already spent. Tus Mobil is a subsidiary of Tus Telekom (including Voljatel), which offers fixed line telephony, broadband internet access and IPTV. ‘We are counting on a range of synergies within the Tus Group’s ITC division and across the entire group,’ said Tus Telekom general manager Ivo Kranjcevic. The group bought telco and ISP Voljatel late last year in a deal reportedly worth between EUR20 million and -25m. Voljatel already offered pre-paid GSM MVNO services under the Izimobil brand, also piggybacking on the Mobitel network. Tus Mobil bought the wireless spectrum vacated by defunct mobile operator Vega, which was owned by US company Western Wireless International.
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