All three Serbian mobile operators have confirmed that they have switched on 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks in quick succession, covering the country’s major population centres. Telekom Austria Group-backed Vip Mobile drew first blood on 24 March, turning on its 4G network in Pancevo, which it claimed was the ‘first town fully covered by the 4G signal’. The following week saw connectivity extended to Novi Beograd (New Belgrade), Kopaonik and Zlatibor.
Meanwhile, 25 March saw rival operator Telenor Serbia make its own 4G network available to post-paid users in Belgrade, Subotica, Kopaonik and Zlatibor. Going forward, Telenor will look to cover Nis and Novi Sad, before fleshing out its Belgrade footprint. Telenor’s nationwide rollout will be delivered in phases, with urban areas taking precedence, and rural deployments evaluated according to demand.
Finally, Mobile Telephony of Serbia (MTS), the wireless subsidiary of Telekom Srbija, switched on its own LTE network on 6 April, with coverage of nine cities at launch. According to a company press release, parts of the following cities are now served by 4G technology: Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis, Kragujevac, Arandelovac, Sabac, Novi Pazar, Pancevo and Kopaonik. The Serbian cellco plans to significantly increase its network footprint during the course of the year, it said.