Telekom Slovenije has announced that its 4G LTE mobile network has reached its one hundredth town, Kidricevo, taking the national population coverage of the mobile broadband service to above 60%. TeleGeography notes that having launched commercial LTE in March 2013 using the 1800MHz band, Telekom Slovenije’s cellular division Mobitel reached 55% population coverage and 86 towns/cities in December 2013 before revealing it had reached 60% of the populous in March 2014. The Slovenian state-backed operator intends to expand and strengthen LTE services after winning additional frequencies last month in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands. LTE data access is currently available at no additional cost at speeds capped at 21.6Mbps/5.76Mbps down/upload, or at EUR6 (USD8.20) per month for 100Mbps-150Mbps (depending on location and device) download/50Mbps upload. Around 35 LTE devices are available, including smartphones, tablet computers, USB modems and Mi-Fi routers.
Meanwhile, local news sources have reported that three telecoms operators and various investment/private equity groups have been invited to take part in the second round of the privatisation of a majority stake in Telekom Slovenije, having placed preliminary expressions of interest. Previously the three operators were reported to be Deutsche Telekom, Turkcell and Russia’s MTS.