About a year and a half ago the government announced that there would be a second provider of mobile phone service in Kosovo. They took bids for the contract and companies from the US, Slovenia, Albania and other states all competed. Someone won the bid, but I never learned what happened. I was really looking forward to this as the current mobile system (Vala900) is really pretty poor. Now, it appears, Alcatel, the original implimenter of our system, has been awarded a contract to expand the both the mobile & the landline service.
Vala900, the mobile operator part of PTK Group, today announced that Alcatel was selected by Vala900 in order to expand its GSM/GPRS network in Kosovo. Vala900 chose Alcatel among other European and Chinese competitors for this Euro 18 million project.
Thanks to the end-to-end solution provided by Alcatel, Vala900 will double the number of its subscribers up to 700.000, equal to more than 30% of the total population, and will be able to start offering value added data services. The solution is future-proof, and is ready for EDGE upgrade.