Bulgarian WiMAX operator Max Telecom has conducted the first successful internet data transfer over its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. During the trials, the company achieved ultra-high speed downloads/uploads at high screen resolution of 4K standard by buffering five-minute HD video clips in just a few seconds. Max Telecom’s CEO Peter Covell said: ‘As in all telecom networks, making the first connection is a major milestone. Our aim is to be the first operator in Bulgaria to offer 4G LTE services. We are on track to meet our goal of offering services by the end of this year.’
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2013 Max Telecom selected Nokia Siemens Networks (now Nokia Solutions & Networks – NSN) to build its LTE network overlay, with commercial services set to launch in six cities in Bulgaria, namely Sofia, Ruse, Pleven, Sliven, Stara Zagora and Bansko. NSN will deploy its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and radio access network infrastructure using LTE technology in the 1800MHz spectrum, and will also provide maintenance services. Covell says MAX Telecom plans to use the 4G LTE overlay in addition to its existing WiMAX network in order to offer customers a wider range of broadband services.