Following the launch of 4G by rivals MagtiCom and Mobitel (Beeline) at the start of this month, Georgian mobile operator Geocell has revealed that it will switch on its own LTE network on 15 March. In a statement on its website, Geocell, which is majority-owned by Sweden’s TeliaSonera, said its 4G service will be initially available in the capital Tbilisi, but the network will be gradually expanded to cover all major cities by the end of the year.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, late last year the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) began to modify radio frequency spectrum licences that had already been issued and/or are temporarily owned by operators, in order to allow for the provision of 4G services. This included the permits owned by Magticom, Geocell and Mobitel for the usage of harmonised radio frequency range (800MHz/900MHz/1800MHz/2100MHz). The duration for the modified technology and service neutral licences is 15 years.