Bulgaria’s largest cellco in terms of subscribers MobilTel (M-Tel) has announced the expansion of its fixed network to cover the country’s fifth largest city Ruse, where customers can subscribe to its high speed internet and home Digital TV from 17 June 2013. The telco has built an optical network in the north-eastern town that utilises the Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Network (GPON) standard. The GPON technology achieves higher bandwidth and higher efficiency than Passive Optical Network (PON) using larger, variable-length packets, providing higher quality of service for delay-sensitive voice and video communications traffic. According to the company’s press release, customers of the fixed telecom services in Ruse will benefit from unlimited broadband access and digital TV with quality not dependable on weather conditions. M-Tel also announced that its fixed broadband network now passes one million households (or roughly a third of the country total). According to its website coverage map, Ruse is the tenth city/town to be covered by the fibre-based network operated by M-Tel and its subsidiaries Megalan and Spectrum Net, adding to a list which includes Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, Leskovec and Devnia.