Bulgarian wireless operator MAX (previously Max Telecom) will migrate all of its WiMAX subscribers to its 4G LTE network in the beginning of November. According to a company’s press release, the WiMAX network will be subsequently switched off. The company also reported that it has extended its LTE footprint to two new locations – Devin and Sapareva Bania – thus covering a total of 36 cities and towns within the country with 4G services, equivalent to 60% of the urban population.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, MAX won an 1800MHz band technology-neutral mobile licence with bandwidth of 2×8MHz for BGN30.4 million (USD17.1 million) in December 2011, and launched the nation’s first commercial 4G LTE network in May 2014. On 29 October 2013 – shortly after it conducted the first successful data transfer over the LTE network – it informed the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) that it had stopped signing up new subscribers for voice services over its WiMAX network, while also disclosing that it planned to migrate all susbcribers to LTE at a later date.