M-Tel, Vivacom also secure LTE-1800 spectrum

6 May 2016

Following yesterday’s announcement that Bulgarian cellco Telenor (previously GloBul) has secured additional LTE-suitable spectrum in the 1800MHz band, local telecoms regulator the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has revealed that frequencies have also been awarded to MobilTel (M-Tel) and Vivacom. The watchdog said that all three operators now have 2×15MHz of spectrum in the band. M-Tel disclosed that it paid BGN12 million (USD7 million) for the additional frequencies, while also revealing that it has already started utilising the spectrum; the operator now offers 4G download speeds of 130Mbps to 75% of the country’s population. Meanwhile, Vivacom is also gearing up for an LTE launch, which is now expected to take place on 9 May.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the first operator to market LTE in the country was wireless broadband provider MAX (previously Max Telecom), which deployed its 4G network in May 2014, while Telenor launched its 4G network in December 2015. For its part, M-Tel launched its 4G service last month, with plans to provide downlink of 260Mbps in selected locations, going forward.