Serbia’s Republic Broadcast Agency (RRA) has decided today (August 9) not to award a licence for a national frequency formerly held by TV Avala.
A privatisation plan for Telekom Srbija is likely to be announced later this month, with an international tender set to be held in September and a sale completed by the end of the year.
Serbia could see the launch of a new national commercial station in September.
Serbian cable operators appear to be much more prepared for the transition to digital broadcasting than the country’s TV industry as a whole.
Telekom Srbija has gained at least 25,000 IPTV subscribers in the first five months of this year and now has just over 200,000.
Nickelodeon is consolidating its presence in Central Eastern Europe (CEE) via two new localised Nickelodeon channels in Serbia and Slovenia.
SES has signed a multi-year agreement with Telekom Srbija for capacity on Astra 3B at 23.5 degrees East.
The Serbian government has indicated that the incumbent telco Telekom Srbija is still on the market.
Telekom Srbija is to invest €200 million this year, according to Predrag Culibrk, its managing director.
The transition to digital broadcasting in Serbia has been “severely delayed” and will now not be completed until June 17, 2015, according to by Rasim Ljajic, the country’s minister of trade and telecommunications.