Following on from the completion of its network upgrade and renovation project earlier this year, Telenor Bulgaria has revealed that it will launch 4G LTE technology on 1 December. The new network, which operates in the 1800MHz band, will offer customers maximum download speeds of 75Mbps. Telenor’s 4G service will be initially available in Sofia and the following cities and locations in southern Bulgaria: Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Blagoevgrad, Dobrich, Pernik, Silistra, Sliven, Kyustendil, Kardzhali, Haskovo, Smolyan, Yambol, Pazardzhik, Kazanlak, Bansko, Sandanski, Petrich, Karlovo, Asenovgrad, Aitos, Chepelare, Dobrinishte, Dupnitza, Nova Zagora, Dimitrovgrad, Welingrad, Razlog, Aksakovo, Samokov, Pamporovo and Borovetz. Until the end of January 2016, the 4G service will be made available at no extra cost to any Telenor customers who are within the LTE footprint and have 4G-enabled handsets and SIM cards.
By mid-December, Telenor will expand its LTE network to Veliko Tarnovo, Botevgrad, Gabrovo, Sevlievo, Lovech, Troyan, Pleven, Razgrad, Shumen, Targovishte, Lom, Montana, Vidin, Vratsa, Gorna Oryahovitsa and Svishtov, and will cover all Bulgarian cities with more than 20,000 residents, effectively providing outdoor 4G coverage to 56.73% of the population. Telenor said it will continue to expand the coverage and the capacity of its 4G network, depending on spectrum availability, during 2016.