TeliaSonera launches comercial LTE in Lithuania
TeliaSonera has launched the first commercial LTE service in Lithuania and to customers in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and Panevėžys. Omnitel, TeliaSonera's subsidiary in Lithuania, is using 1800 MHz frequency band for this LTE network and plans to continue the 4G network rollout in Lithuania during 2011.
The LTE network in Lithuania, in this initial rollout phase, is supplied by Huawei and the 4G modems come from ZTE supporting 4G/3G/2G.
"It is a positive trend in European countries to offer technology neutral frequency bands which gives customers faster access to new technology such as fast mobile broadband like 4G. The early deployment of 4G on 1800 MHz in Lithuania is a good example of this. TeliaSonera builds out the mobile networks and modernise the infrastructure in the Nordic and Baltic countries. We have an expansive rollout plan based on the high customer demand for mobile data services,” says Claes Nycander, CTO Mobility Services TeliaSonera.
“Omnitel have launched the fastest mobile broadband services in Lithuania just one year after the initial 4G launches in Sweden and Norway. This proves that Lithuania is amongst leaders in the global telecommunications market. Omnitel’s customers demand faster mobile data services and with 4G we are responding to their needs offering the most advanced mobile technology in the world”, says Omnitel’s President Antanas Zabulis.