Telekom Srbija a.d.
Native name
Телеком Србија
TypeJoint-stock company
IndustryTelecommunications
Founded23 May 1997; 26 years ago (1997-05-23)
Headquarters
Takovska 2, Belgrade
,
Serbia
Key people
Vladimir Lučić (CEO)
ProductsFixed telephony
Mobile telephony
Broadband Internet
IT Services
IPTV
RevenueIncrease €1.101 billion (2020)[1]
Increase €35.38 million (2020)[1]
Total assetsIncrease €3.875 billion (2020)[2]
Total equityIncrease €1.458 billion (2020)[2]
OwnerSee Share capital structure
Number of employees
12,722 (2020)
Websitemts.rs
Footnotes / references
Business ID: 17162543
Tax ID: 100002887
[3]

Telekom Srbija a.d. Beograd is a Serbian state-owned telecommunications operator. It was founded in May 1997 as a joint-stock company, by spinning off the telecommunications business from PTT Srbija (present-day „Pošta Srbije"). In April 2015, Telekom Srbija started providing all services in Serbia under the mts brand.[4][5][6]

As of 2020, Telekom Srbija (combined, with Moja Supernova brand of Telekom Srbija) is the largest Internet provider with market share of 53.15%, the second largest cable operator with a market share of 44%, and the largest fixed-line telecommunication network with market share of 77.5%.[7] Also, it is the largest mobile telephony operator with market share of 37.27%.[7]

History

Telekom Srbija's previous logo used from 1997 to 2015.

Telekom Srbija a.d. Beograd was set up in 1997, during the process of transformation of PTT sistema Srbije. In June that same year, it became the ownership of three shareholders – JP PTT Saobraćaja Srbija (present-day JP Pošta Srbije) (51%), Telecom Italia (29%), and OTE Greece (20%).[8][9]

2003–2015

JP PTT saobraćaja Srbija (present-day JP Pošta Srbije) became the owner of 80% of the stake after purchasing the shares from the Italian partner, Telecom Italia in 2003.[10]

In 2007, the Company regionally expanded into B-H and Montenegro. That same year, “Telekom Srpske“ a.d. Banja Luka[11] and Društvo za telekomunikacije m:tel d.o.o. Podgorica were set up. [12]

In August 2011, the company became the majority owner of Društvo za telekomunikacije HD WIN d.o.o. Beograd (Arena Sport TV Channels).[13]

In January 2012, the company became the owner of 20% of the share capital which had been held by OTE Greece until then.[14] That same year, the employees and former employees of Telekom Srbija a.d. Beograd, were presented with an opportunity to become owners of the shares.[15]

2015–present

On 6 January 2015, Telekom Srbija acquired a 55.8 percent of shares in the Dunav banka, becoming its majority owner.[16] Afterwards, the bank changed its name to "mts banka".

As of 2016, it is the largest broadband internet provider (45.9% market share) and the second largest cable television provider (25.0% market share) in Serbia.[17]

In November 2018, Telekom Srbija bought domestic cable operator "Kopernikus Technology" for 190 million euros.[18][19] The transaction made public outrage in Serbia as Kopenikus' market worth at the time of purchase was several times lower than the amount it was purchased for; it was also revealed that major stakeholder in company was a close relative to ruling Serbian Progressive Party officer.[20] Month later, Kopernikus' former owner used much of that money for the purchase of B92 and Prva Srpska Televizija, two television networks with national coverage.[21]

On 6 January 2019, Telekom Srbija acquired domestic cable operators Radijus Vektor and "AVcom", in a transaction worth 120 million euros.[22]

In July 2019, Telekom Srbija acquired another regional cable operator "Telemark".[23] Later in July, Euronews and HD-WIN (majority owned by Telekom Srbija) signed a deal to launch the "Euronews Serbia" news channel.[24]

Services and business operations

Telekom Srbija mobile network was established on 9 June 1997. The Company launched the provision of mobile services in 1998. 3G technology and ADSL Internet services were introduced in 2006, multimedia services (IPTV) in 2008.[25] Whereas LTE (4G) technology was introduced in 2015.[26] At present, Telekom Srbija provides the following services:

Mobile telephony

mts' previous logo stylized as "mt:s", used until 8 April 2015.

Mobile Telephony of Serbia was founded in June 1997 as the mobile telephone subdivision of Telekom Srbija. Mobile Telephony of Serbia started operating in August 1998.

Mobile network technology

The Mobile Telephony of Serbia signal covers 92.00% of Serbia's inhabited territory and 89.13% of Serbia's land area. Company has 1.521 active base transceiver stations (BTS). The mts mobile network codes are: 064 (international: +381 64), 065 (international +381 65) and 066 (international + 381 66).

Fixed-line telephony

Telekom Srbija formerly held a monopoly on all land-line services in Serbia until 2010, when Telenor Serbia became the second land-line operator in the country.[27] Telekom Srbija has 2.42 million customers. It is the largest operator in Serbia on the fixed telephony market in 2018(the market share is 81.8%).[28]

mts Internet

Digital Television

Telekom Srbija is the majority owner of sports television channels Arena Sport which broadcast in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.[29]

Mts offers cable television under the Supernova brand, digital terrestrial pay-TV under the Antena Plus brand, IPTV service under the brand Iris, as well as satellite television under the brand m:sat TV in Serbia and Montenegro.

Areas served

Austria

Telekom Srbija operates in Austria as a mobile virtual network operator MVNO under brand MTEL [30]

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Telekom Srbija acquired a 65% controlling stake in Telekom Srpske for 646 million euros in 2006, outbidding Telekom Austria with an offer of 467 million euros. Telekom Srbija also broadcast cable channel Arena Sport 1,2,3 and 4.[citation needed]

Montenegro

Telekom Srbija started its operations on Montenegrin market on 16 July 2007, after the company gained license as a third mobile operator as a part of the consortium with Ogalar B.V. company. The consortium offered for the license the sum of €16 million. The name for this subsidiary is m:tel, and is owned 51% by Telekom Srbija. On Montenegrin territory, Telekom Srbija also broadcasts cable channel Arena Sport 1, 2, 3 and 4.[citation needed]

Kosovo

Since an EU-mediated agreement between Belgrade and Pristina, Telekom Srbija is allowed legally to operate across Kosovo using the country's new dialing code +383. Currently the network covers only the northern part of Kosovo with a market share of 1.65% behind IPKO and vala (Q2 2018).[31] [32][33]

North Macedonia

Telekom Srbija operates in North Macedonia as a mobile virtual network operator MVNO under brand MTEL [34]

Switzerland

Telekom Srbija operates in Switzerland as a mobile virtual network operator MVNO under brand MTEL [35]

Share capital structure

As of 3 May 2012:[36]

Subsidiaries

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Telekom Srbija a.d. Beograd shares in the capital of its related legal entities is as follows:

These legal entities also constitute Telekom Srbija Group together with Telekom Srbija a.d. Beograd as the parent company.

Gallery

See also

References

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