A1 launches 5G in Croatia as rivals push ahead with network rollouts

16 Aug 2021

A1 Croatia has launched the country’s second 5G mobile network following the completion of a 5G spectrum auction last week. A1 is utilising frequencies in the 700MHz and 3.5GHz bands which it acquired in the auction to launch a service offering low latency and what it says are gigabit download rates. The operator is covering 20 regional centres plus capital city Zagreb. The firm expects to have reached 90% of the population by 2027.

Meanwhile, rival operator Hrvatski Telekom (HT) says it has now deployed 600 5G base stations covering an area which is home to around two million people. 149 base stations in twelve cities are operating via HT’s newly acquired spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. HT launched commercial 5G services in October 2020. The country’s third cellco, Telemach, has also been speaking of its 5G plans, unveiling a EUR130 million (USD153 million) investment programme after it too acquired new frequencies in the recent government spectrum auction.