Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Croatia awards 4 WiMAX concessions

The Council of Croatia's Telecommunications Agency's (HAT) has granted four concessions for the use of frequencies for providing telecommunications services on the fixed telephony network with the use of WiMAX technology around the Zagreb district. Companies awarded concessions include Wimax Telekom, Odasiljaci i Veze, Iskon Internet and Optima Telekom. A total of ten companies competed for the concessions, including T-HT, VIPnet, Nexcom, GlobalNet Group, Portus and Primatel. A participant in the tender, Portus (H1), strongly criticised HAT's decision, saying that "it was known beforehand who would win this WiMAX tender for the district of Zagreb, which means that it is senseless to publish open bids and create an illusion of transparent market competition".