Telekom Slovenije Group launches GSM mobile network in Kosovo

December 14, 2007

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PRISTINA, Kosovo -- More than half a year after being awarded the concession as the second mobile operator in Kosovo, the Telekom Slovenije Group consortium, of which the main backer is iPKO, including Telekom Slovenije and Mobitel, kept its promise and launched the network commercially. The Telekom Slovenije Group will install 144 base stations during the first launch phase, of which more than 40 are already operational. The equipment and the other telecommunications and routing systems for the network have been supplied by Ericsson Nikola Tesla. Including the concession fee, almost €100 million has so far been invested in the construction of the network, one-half of the total planned investment.

There is great demand in Kosovo for a new network and for the services being provided by iPKO. To give an example, just 14 days ago commercial users in Kosovo got the chance to reserve numbers in the new network. Some 10,000 reservations have been taken. iPKO offers state-of-the-art solutions with the latest technology, and is relying on a variety of services, a range of packages, services with added value, quality, reliability, security, and solid 24-hour user support. Together with simple-to-use services and transparency, these make up its basic competitive advantages. iPKO’s services are tailored to various groups of users. The package for young people offers cheap texting, the family package allows for cheaper calls between family members, and the business package is based on cheap calls between employees. The plan is to take a 50% market share in the next five years, and to have about one million subscribers in the mature phase.

iPKO also has major plans in other areas of electronic communications. Since June it has held a licence to provide fixed telephony services, and is the leading ISP in Kosovo. It is also establishing itself in systems integration.

iPKO has its own fixed and wireless networks. It uses a very fast IP/MPLS backbone network that allows for flexible and high-capacity internet services, including IP telephony and internet TV. The network covers 80% of the inhabited areas of Kosovo. iPKO currently has more than 32,000 broadband subscribers on its network across all the major towns and cities of Kosovo, of which 2,000 are business users.

In this way iPKO is becoming the prototype of a modern, forward-thinking organisation, making the greatest possible use of network convergence. The new corporate image and name being launched together with the mobile network reflect these modern trends in the development of electronic communications.

Telekom Slovenije

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