Bosnian mobile network operator Telekom Srpske has selected Finnish vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to upgrade and expand its wireless network, Nezavisne Novine is reporting. Under the terms of the deal NSN will provide Telekom Srpske with equipment worth approximately EUR9.5 million (USD14.2 million), with the telco noting that the equipment would allow it to ‘improve the quality and coverage of our network across Bosnia, creating conditions for the growth of our subscriber base’.
In separate but related news, SeeNews reports that Telekom Srpske has expanded the coverage area of its ongoing 3G trials; the cellco has added the areas of Lopare, Brcko, Uglievik, Janja and Zvomik, all of which are in the north-east of the country, to its test zone. It is already trialling third generation services in towns including Banja Luka, Doboj, Prijedor, Sarajevo and Gradiska, as well as on the Banja Luka-Gradiska road.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Telekom Srpske, along with rivals BH Telecom and HT Mostar, was awarded a 3G licence in March 2009, agreeing to pay EUR15 million over a seven-year period for the concession; payments for the licence however will not begin until two years after it was issued.