The government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is preparing the privatisation of the country’s biggest state-owned telecom operator BH Telekom. The privatisation should take place by the end of the year and the starting price for 51 percent of the shares would be EUR 1.01 billion, according to local media reports. The government is inclined to sell 51 percent to a strategic partner and then offer another 15 percent of shares on the Sarajevo Stock Exchange or other foreign markets. The government will retain 26 percent of the ownership of BH Telekom. The companies being mentioned as potential buyers include Deutsche Telekom and Mobilkom Austria.