Bulgarian WiMAX operator Max Telecom has announced that its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network will be commercially deployed in 1H 2014, with the delay attributed to bureaucratic red-tape, CEO Daniel Kupsin has revealed. The network was initially expected to launch by end-December 2013 in Sofia, Ruse, Sliven, Stara Zagora and Bansko. Max Telecom is currently testing and optimising its network, and in the coming months the telco will conduct further trials in Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv and other resorts along the Black sea coast.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October 2013 Max Telecom conducted the first successful internet data transfer over its LTE network. During the trials, the company achieved download speed of 67Mbps at high screen resolution of 4K standard by buffering five-minute HD video clips in just a few seconds. Max Telecom’s 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.’