VIPnet tests LTE

28 Oct 2010

Croatian mobile operator VIPnet, a subsidiary of Telekom Austria’s Mobilkom unit, has begun testing a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the capital Zagreb, claiming to be the first in the country to do so. The company announced that the 4G network will support data speeds of 100Mbps/50Mbps down/upload, or more than twice as fast as dual carrier (DC) HSDPA (42Mbps), which it notes will also soon be made commercially available to VIPnet customers. The tests are being conducted in partnership with Huawei Technologies Austria, and VIPnet predicts that commercial LTE services will appear on the Croatian market in early 2012, according to its development director of access networks, Tomislav Makar. In the meantime, the cellco is continuing to expand coverage of HSPA+ technology with download speeds of up to 21Mbps, available in all major cities in Croatia, and is preparing to launch a USB modem supporting DC HSDPA 42Mbps data transfer.