Tele2 Latvia, the country’s second largest cellco by subscribers, has revealed that it has begun construction of a new type of base station in its regions of operation, DB.lv reports. The cellco has said that it has started to roll out the new equipment, which includes remote radio units, across a number of districts, with the first five up and running in: Aizpute, Bikstos, Mersraga, Roja and Ugale. Looking forward the mobile operator has said it will look to extend the reach of its 3G network in the Kurzeme region, and has claimed that the new hardware will allow it to speed up the extension of its footprint while also allowing for significant cost savings.
Tele2’s UMTS network currently offers customers access to downlink speeds of up to 10.2Mbps, while upload rates are capped at 2Mbps. During the coming year the cellco aims to boost download speeds on the wireless network to 21Mbps, while 3G coverage is expected to reach 90% by end-2011.