Montenegrin cellco MTEL has launched a HSDPA network in three cities, with plans to extend the service to all the major cities in the country. The network was rolled out in partnership with Ericsson to Podgorica, Budva and Berane and has a maximum speed of 21Mbps. The launch is part of the company’s fourth birthday celebrations, and is accompanied by a new set of post-paid packages for internet access, dubbed ‘m:tel surf’. The packages include a data cap which, once reached reduces the connection speed to 128kbps rather than disconnecting the customer entirely. The packages range in price from EUR5 to EUR35 (USD7 – USD49), with the caps varying from 1GB to 10GB.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, despite having the smallest share of the wireless market with 25.1% at the end of March 2011, at the same date MTEL had the largest number of 3G subscribers, with 74,000 users.