Tango Luxembourg, the Grand Duchy’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has announced that it has obtained authorisation to launch a network based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. Permission was granted by telecoms regulator Institut Luxembourgeois de Regulation (ILR), which included the concession in Tango’s 15-year 2G licence renewal. According to a company press release, Tango has already deployed LTE base stations in the City of Luxembourg, but plans to extend the network on a nationwide basis in due course. USB dongles, supporting downlink transmission speeds of up to 20Mbps, will be available later this summer. Didier Rouma, CEO of Tango, commented: ‘Once again, we at Tango are striving to be the first to offer our customers the latest technological innovations. The arrival of 4G sees a new mobile experience looming on the horizon and, thanks to Tango, you’ll be among the first to enjoy it’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, although its larger rivals LuxGSM and Tango had both expressed an interest in rolling out networks based on LTE technology, third-placed player Orange Luxembourg was authorised by the ILR to carry out a six-month LTE trial during the second half of 2010, in conjunction with parent company France Telecom-Orange and French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent. Although the trial concluded with a successful demonstration in front of the local press, the operator revealed that the deployment of LTE in the 2.5GHz frequency band was likely to present a serious risk of interference to neighbouring countries, effectively sending the ILR back to the drawing board. It has yet to be confirmed which frequencies Tango intends to use for its in-deployment LTE network.