STA, 15 June 2021 - The telecoms incumbent Telekom Slovenije upgraded its 5G network, launched in 2020, on Tuesday with an additional spectrum band. It currently covers 33% of mobile users nationwide. System upgrades at Bled and Brdo Pri Kranju are to follow next to make the cutting-edge communication service available during the Slovenian EU presidency.
This marks the next step in the development of mobile communications, upgrading Slovenia's first 5G network so that users can take advantage of additional capacities and a faster and more stable mobile data transfer. The milestone is taking place exactly 30 years after the first mobile network was set up by the company, Telekom Slovenije notes.
"5G is an important foundation of today's digital society and Telekom Slovenije actively participates in creating it," said Telekom Slovenije chairman Cvetko Sršen, highlighting that the company developed smart city and community solutions, stayed at the forefront of industry 4.0 development and focused on public safety, health and cyber security.
Additional frequency bands and upgrade of the 5G network will enable speeds up to 2Gbit/s, significantly decrease response times and make new services available to users. In light of video services expansion, increased user-to-network transmission speed is also a key factor.
Telekom Slovenije set up the first commercial 5G network in Slovenia last July and made it available to subscribers in October. With today's activation of the network's upgrade, frequency bands the provider acquired at the national auction held by Agency for Communication Networks and Services (AKOS) in April have been activated.
Free-of-charge 5G access has been available to Telekom Slovenije's subscribers from 1 June. They gain access to the 5G network by sending an SMS with the key word 5G to the number 1918 or by activating the feature in their Moj Telekom account.