BH Telecom is planning to launch its 4G network in all major cities of the country in April, with the operator currently in the process of upgrading and replacing its existing base stations, according to company spokesperson Nada Lutvikadic-Foco. Local newspaper Factor writes that the operator is planning to expand 4G coverage to 60% of the territory by the end of 2019, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the forthcoming LTE concessions.
Last week the Council of Ministers adopted a decision on the conditions for granting licences for the provision of 4G network services in Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to the decision, the 4G spectrum will be divided into three equal parts and assigned to the three dominant operators BH Telecom, Telekom Srpske (m:tel) and HT Mostar (HT Eronet). In order to obtain a 4G licence, each operator will have to pay BAM17.5 million (USD10.2 million) in five equal instalments. One of the conditions that the cellcos will have to fulfil is to ensure 90% territorial coverage (and 80% of all routes, including bridges and tunnels) within five years of the licence award. The decision, however, is yet to be implemented due to opposition from the government of the Bosnian Serb-led Republika Srpska (RS), which requested the Council of Ministers provide a precise breakdown of the distribution of the licence proceeds between the Bosniak/Croat Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) and RS.