Bulgaria's biggest mobile operator Mobiltel (Mtel), a unit of Telekom Austria, and Max Telecom, which operates the country's first high-speed mobile broadband 4G LTE network, have teamed up in an infrastructure sharing deal, the first of its kind in the country.
The two companies said in a joint statement they have signed a national roaming agreement, under which Max will use Mtel's network to provide services in geographic areas where it has no coverage. Presently, Max's 4G network covers nearly 40% of the population. With the deal, Max will be able to provide mobile services throughout the country, thus becoming the fourth cellphone operator in Bulgaria.
It was not immediately clear whether Mtel, which has no 4G network, would use that of Max and skip investing in costly infrastructure. Mtel's 3G network has a 99.73% population coverage.
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