People in Serbia do not have the right to freely choose what to watch and which cable operator to subscribe to since the authorities have obviously decided to ban the installation of the SBB network, the company has said in a statement on Thursday.
The statement added that despite warnings to the public about the ban of access to users in many places from the town of Subotica in the north to the municipality of Gornji Milanovac in central Serbia, in which the local officials from SNS (the ruling Serbian Progressive Party, led by the head of state Aleksandar Vucic), the obstructions happened in Belgrade as well.
"In spite of the written agreement with people in the suburb of Borca who want to have the SBB programmes, the communal inspection of the Palilula municipality ordered SBB to deinstall already placed equipment in the buildings without any legal ground and outside its jurisdiction, " the statement said.
It added that "it was clear back in November last year that SBB will be exposed to unfounded attacks when the Deputy Mayor Goran Vesic falsely claimed that our company's team dug up a street in Borca and left it in the mud."
The statement also said that the City Park company "which had until recently only issued its consent in line with the law, suddenly started to interpret planning and construction regulations which they are not in charge with, trying to prevent SBB to preform its business in electronic communication networks and services."
"We warn all respective institutions that such a treatment of one of the largest investors has not been seen in any country where we do business in and that it is clear that these irregular bans aim to disable SBB from operating freely," the statement said.
It asked, "how is it possible that in places where (the state-owned) Telekom (cable operator) first installed its network SBB can't do the same if this is a free market?"
"It's more than obvious that the state again sided with the second operators, enabling Telekom to have a monopoly in some places like Borca. SBB will file charges before domestic and international courts for this persecution and unequal treatment," the statement added.
SBB is a part of the United Group as is N1 TV.