Bulgarian telecoms operator Vivacom has launched its 4G LTE network in the towns of Sofia, Pernik and Vratsa, after it secured 2×5MHz of additional LTE-suitable spectrum in the 1800MHz band. The 4G network – which offers maximum download/upload speeds of 112Mbps/40Mbps – will be extended to Varna and Bourgas from 1 June, and Ruse and Plovdiv (mid-June). By the end of August, the operator is aiming to have 40 of the country’s largest towns within its LTE footprint.
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.