Slovenian fixed and mobile operator Telekom Slovenije has launched the country’s first commercial 5G network using 2600MHz spectrum which also supports its 4G services. The firm said it has upgraded 150 base stations which cover approximately 25% of the population, with plans to reach one-third of Slovenians by the end of this year. 5G-capable handsets will be available soon, Telekom says.
Telekom Slovenije board member Matjaz Bericic commented: ‘After a period of kilobit and megabit speeds, we are entering the gigabit decade by upgrading from 4G to 5G. And since every future begins with the first step, in this step, we have carried out an evolutionary upgrade of existing mobile technology based on established and secure standards that we have known and upgraded for several decades. We are planning at least two more major phases of 5G development in the coming years.’
Slovenia had hoped to conduct an auction of 5G spectrum by the end of June this year, but put back its target date to end-2020 due to delays in adopting the revised Radio Frequency Spectrum Management Strategy. The regulator is looking to auction frequencies in the 700MHz, 1400MHz/1500MHz, 2100MHz, 2300MHz, 3600MHz and 26GHz bands.