Tele2 Lithuania, the local unit of Swedish telecoms group Tele2, plans to launch Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband services this year if it is successful in the regulator’s auction of 2.6GHz spectrum licences, Telecompaper reports, citing local newspaper Verslo Zinios. According to Tele2’s technical director Valeriy Kovzanas, the cellco could start providing 4G services one month after it has received the relevant frequencies. Lithuania’s two other mobile network operators, TeliaSonera-owned Omnitel (which already provides LTE services in the 1800MHz band over a network launched in May 2011) and Bite Lithuania, are also participating in the tender, which is scheduled to begin next month. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT) announced in November 2011 that it plans to hold a tender for spectrum licences in the 2500MHz-2560MHz and 2620MHz-2680MHz frequency bands in early 2012. Under the terms of the concessions, the winning bidders must provide 50% network coverage of a minimum of five Lithuanian cities within three years of receiving their licences, and must extend coverage to over 50% of 15 cities within five years.