Bulgarian operator Telenor (formerly GloBul), which was acquired by the Norwegian telecoms giant in July 2013, has announced that following the completion of its 2G/3G modernisation project, its network infrastructure is now Long Term Evolution (LTE)-ready. The company’s 3.5G/HSPA+ network, capable of delivering downlink speeds of 21Mbps, is currently available to 99.9% of the population (96.0% of territory), while dual carrier (DC)-HSPA+ services (42Mbps) cover approximately 89.0% of the population in 300 cities/towns and 47.0% of the territory. The operator is now looking into launching its LTE network, following the anticipated award of 4G-suitable frequencies in the 1800MHz band, with the tender expected to take place in H2 2015. Telenor Bulgaria’s CEO Stein-Erik Vela disclosed: ‘Telenor now owns a network, which will allow the company to continue developing innovative telecommunication solutions including LTE-based products and services, which will further strengthen our competitive position on the Bulgarian market … We expect the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) to complete the process of allocation of additional frequency spectrum in 1800MHz, so we can begin to offer 4G-services.’
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