LJUBLJANA, July 18 Slovenia's largest telecoms
company Telekom Slovenia bought Bosnian telecoms firm
Telrad Net d.o.o., expanding its business in Bosnia where
Telekom already provides telecom and internet services.
"The Telekom Slovania group has a strategic goal to
strengthen its position of a strong regional telecommunication
operator in the markets of Southeastern Europe," Telekom said in
a statement, giving no details on the purchase price.
State-owned Telekom, which is slated for privatisation, also
has units in Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia.
Slovenia's outgoing centre-left government of Prime Minister
Alenka Bratusek suspended all privatisations until the new
government is formed following the snap general election which
was held on Sunday.
Political newcomer and legal expert Miro Cerar, whose
centre-left SMC party won the election, had said he would
reconsider the sale of strategically important firms like
Cerar will start coalition talks next week. His government
is expected to be in place in September.
Sources close to the deal told Reuters telecom firms
Deutsche Telekom and Turkcell and
investment companies CVC, Cinven, Providence
and Apax could be interested in purchasing Slovenia's Telekom.
(Reporting By Marja Novak and Arno Schuetze, editing by William