Georgian mobile operator Geocell has announced that it switched on its LTE network in parts of the capital Tbilisi on 15 March, following the launch of 4G by rivals MagtiCom and Mobitel (Beeline) last month. In a statement on its website, Geocell, which is majority-owned by Sweden’s TeliaSonera, said ‘after reaching the desired quality and the peak speed’, 4G coverage will be expanded across the city and also to other populated areas during 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.