ALBANIA, 297 MLN THE MOBILE TELEPHONE BUSINESS
Mobile telephony accounts for around € 297 million a year. In 2016, Vodafone Albania Sh.a, a part of the Newbury-based multinational Vodafone Group Plc, was the first operator with 50.8% market share on active users, followed by Telekom Albania (part of the Deutsche Telekom group) with 30.7%, ALBtelecom with 13.1% (Turkish majority shareholding) and the Albanian company Plus Communication with 5.4%. The Competition Authority recently approved the request for Plus Communication for the transfer of frequencies to the two largest operators, Vodafone Albania and Telecom Albania, and announced that for reasons of financial difficulty, Plus Communication can not continue its investments which would allow their customers qualitative services on competitive terms. The magazine Monitor writes. In order to ensure the continuity of contract performance, the Competition Authority will cooperate with the Electronic Postal and Postal Communications Authority (AKEP) to monitor all steps to be taken to protect Plus Communication customers and their passage to other mobile networks.