Ljubljana, 20 March (STA) - Telco Telekom Slovenije launched on Wednesday its fourth-generation LTE mobile network in 27 cities and towns around Slovenia. By the end of the year, the telco plans to cover around 40% of Slovenia's population with the LTE network, which allows data transfer speed of up to 50 Mbit/s.
According to the telco's vice chairman Zoran Vehovar, Telekom Slovenije currently has 93 LTE transmitters, but the figure is to increase to 250 by the end of the year.
The telco expects around 10,000 users of the new network this year, when trial use of the network will be available free of charge.
With the introduction of 4G telephony, which was already announced last year, Telekom Slovenije is preparing a new package with up to 40 Gb of data transfer per month and a new range of mobile devices that support 4G.
Slovenia's biggest telco was beaten to the introduction of 4G by its biggest mobile rival operator Simobil, which was the first to offer a commercial LTE network in mid-2012.
The Agency for Post and Electronic Communications (APEK) announced on Monday that it had published a call for bids for new mobile frequencies at 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz that can be used for 4G LTE mobile telephony services.