Slovenia to Review Award of 5G Test Licenses

2018-10-10 15:47:56 | Source:Telecompaper

The Council of the Communications and Services Agency of Slovenia (Akos) will conduct an extraordinary external review of the procedure for the allocation of temporary frequencies for 5G tests, due to allegations of abuse in their allocation. The review follows reports of possible corruption involving a former minister who later took a job at one of the licence recipients, BTC.

In a statement, the Council said it did not participate in the procedure for allocating frequencies for 5G testing, nor was it familiar with procedures by the agency's management. Local media reports suggested that the Akos director Tanja Muha may have been influenced by the then minister of public administration Boris Koprivnikar, as he played a role in her appointment to the agency. 

Koprivnikar recently left the government to become a top executive at BTC, operator of a major shopping centre development near Llubljana. He denied on Twitter the allegations that the new job was compensation for channeling subsidies and the spectrum licence to BTC during his time as minister. 

The licences were obtained by BTC, as well as AMZS, Elektro Gorenjska and the Internet Institute, on the basis of a public call, the regulator noted. In an earlier interview with Pop TV, published on the Akos website, the regulator said the three-year licenses were designed to allow the companies to participate in EU subsidised projects for 5G. Shorter test licenses have also been issued to Telekom Slovenije. 

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