Telenor Serbia saw its revenues increase 18.2 percent year-on-year to US$130.76 million in the first quarter, following higher ARPU and a higher subscription base, as well as increased interconnect and higher inbound roaming revenues.
As a result of reduced operating costs combined with higher revenues, EBITDA increased by 32 percent in nominal terms and from 38 percent to 42 percent calculated as a percent of revenues.
At the same time, capital expenditure increased significantly following the ongoing network modernisation. The number of subscriptions rose by 52,000 to 3.059 million, taking the operator’s subscriber market share to over 35 percent.
ARPU in local currency increased by 9 percent due to higher subscription fees and higher usage.
The facility is available from 1 May. The Mix tariff plans offer, among other things, the possibility of selecting three Friends & Family numbers from the Mt:s network with which they can talk at cheaper prices.
The Surf Smart package, for a monthly subscription of US$5.95, includes 300 SMS messages and 2 GB of data.
The existing Surf packages now have higher amounts of data and SMS messages, as follows: Surf Light (6 GB + 600 SMS), Surf Easy (10 GB + 1000 SMS), Surf Classic (20 GB + 2000 SMS) and Surf Pro (40 GB + 4000 SMS).
After the GB included in the subscription are consumed, the price for 1 MB of data transfer is now US$0.01.
Mt:s has also lowered the price of mobile internet for prepaid users. The price of 1 MB of data has dropped from US$0.08 to US$2, while users can send SMS messages at a price of US$0.03.
Speculation that appeared in certain media that 30 percent of Telekom Srbija was sold to Telekom Austria for US$1.24 billion is absolutely not correct, the Serbian government stated in a statement On the 21st March, Telekom Austria submitted a conditional bid in the region of US$1.2-1.33 million for the Serbian government’s planned sale of a 51% stake in the country’s incumbent operator, Telekom Srbija.
The government however has set an unconditional minimum price of US$3 billion for a 51% stake. Telekom Austria has until 2pm local time this Wednesday to revise its offer for the stake. Telekom Srbija is the incumbent telecommunication operator of the Republic of Serbia with operations in Montenegro as well as Bosnia Herzegovina, where Telekom Srbija owns a 65% stake in Telekom Srpske.
In the Republic of Serbia, the company offers both fixed and mobile services with a 100% market share in
the fixed line and 58% market share in mobile communications. In Montenegro, the mobile market shares of Telekom Srbija amounts to 25% while it has a 2% share of the fixed line market. In Bosnia Herzegovina fixed line market share amounts to 35% and mobile communication market share to 39%.
According to reports, the Austrian company is negotiating a deal to buy the Serbia government’s 31% stake in Telekom Srbija as well as acquire OTE’s 20% in the Serbian operator.
Telekom Austria is offering OTE’s parent company Deutsche Telekom to swap Vip for the 20% stake inTelekom Srbija held by OTE.
According to a Serbian government spokesperson, this would be a “win-win” combination, as the state would get the required US$1.22 billion for the 31% stake, Telekom Austria would take over 51% without having to pay too much, and Deutsche Telekom would finally enter the Serbian market through Vip Mobile.
The package offers a mobile voice plan with exclusive access to TV programmes on Android phones.
The devices included in the offer are the LG Optimus GT540 for US$0.01, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S. The new postpaid tariff First Droid enables free calls with other users on this tariff, after a call set-up fee of US$0.01.
The monthly subscription of US$21.71 includes 501 minutes of calls in Serbia, 1001 text messages and 1 GB of data transfer.
Vip mobile has introduced a new line of subscriptions for business customers dubbed BizPartner. It offers traffic for calls between company employees and for talks to fixed or mobile numbers of business partners.
BizPartner tariffs come with low monthly fees and cost control options that can be customized for each employee separately. Customers can also select one of a number of handsets offered along with BizPartner at US$0.01, including BlackBerry.
A wide range of BizPartner tariffs are available. For instance, BizPartner 350 offers traffic for calls between employees as well as 350 minutes and 350 SMS towards all networks in Serbia at a monthly fee of US$14.13 (VAT included).
Telekom Srbija has announced that it has completed all live LTE tests. During the two-month test, Telekom Srbija worked with three manufacturers – Nokia Siemens Networks, Huawei and Ericsson – which installed their equipment at several locations in Belgrade.
Communication with customer service remains free of charge for business users. Charging starts from the moment the connection with a customer service agent is established.
Listening and using the interactive voice response (IVR) at 060/1234 is still offered at no cost. Vip has already provided its postpaid customers free of charge additional services over IVR via which they can check their current status, get information on their last bill and total debit, send credit to a prepaid number, get GPRS and MMS settings or switch off voicemail.
The initial internet connection for all Telenor customers will now be rounded up to 5 KB, instead of the current 100 KB, at a cost of US$ 0.08 for all roaming zones. After that, pricing continues to be rounded up to the nearest 100 KB.
Telenor’s roaming is based on the ‘One Zone, one country, one price’ system, with users of the Telenor network paying the same price no matter which network they use.