The Regulative Authority of Electronic and Postal Communications has announced today that Kosovo will finally receive 3G services by beginning of December of this year.
According to the press conference held today by ARKEP, both key players of the telecom industry of Kosovo, IPKO and Vala can apply for a license to offer 3G or even 4G. Â The general administrative cost that operators are obliged to pay is 1.6 million Euros, from which the public operator Vala must pay more than 900,000 euros, while the second largest operator IPKO has to pay over 600,000 euros.
We have previously reported about a testing phase that has been carried by IPKO in regards to the 3G network, while according to our sources IPKO is ready to start on the 1st of December with the services and even has a campaign already ready for it.
The 3G network will begin to roll-out slowly offering services only in urban areas, while afterwards other areas will be covered as well.
Kosovo is the only country in the region left in the 2.75G network, while there have been constant discussions about when the country will give the green light for the development of the 3G/4G networks. Albania on the other hand is currently implementing the 4G network, while every operator offers speeds of up to 3.5G.