Digi entering 4G data segment via 2K Telecom licence takeover

21 Aug 2015

Romanian quadruple-play operator RCS&RDS (Digi) has completed an agreement to take over the 2600MHz 4G TD-LTE mobile frequencies held by wireless broadband provider 2K Telecom for an undisclosed amount via a regulator-sanctioned licence transfer, business news site ZF.ro reports. RCS&RDS intends to augment its existing 3G 900MHz/2100MHz cellular services by introducing its own 4G mobile data services in 25 cities by the end of the year, as it steps up efforts to reduce the cellular market share gap between itself and LTE network operators Orange, Vodafone and Telekom Romania. RCS&RDS gave a statement confirming that the deal was closed with the agreement of the National Authority for Management & Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) on 20 August, and added that 4G technology will be available to all new and existing customers with compatible TD-LTE 2600MHz devices in twelve cities in the Digi Mobil network footprint by late-September, with 4G data access ‘at speeds of up to 150Mbps’ offered at no additional costs compared to 3G tariffs. The first twelve cities to receive Digi 4G coverage were named as: Bucharest, Cluj, Timisoara, Brasov, Oradea, Craiova, Constanta, Iasi, Arad, Sibiu, Pitesti and Ploiesti.

Locally-owned 2K Telecom (which includes retail broadband division Idilis) won its LTE spectrum in 2012, becoming valid in April 2014, and TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database shows that 2K Telecom switched on its first pilot TD-LTE base stations in September 2014 – under a programme to supersede its national WIMAX network – and by May 2015 it had established an LTE service presence in eight cities via 105 base stations.