Tele2 Lithuania has announced the launch of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband services in the five cities of Alytus, Jonava, Marijampole, Mazeikiai and Utena. The cellco, which is owned by Swedish telecoms group Tele2, says it has rolled out a total of 20 4G base stations across the five areas, and plans to expand the network in the future. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Tele2 Lithuania demonstrated LTE technology in December 2010, during which transmission rates of up to 40Mbps were achieved, and went on to win 2×20MHz in the 2600MHz frequency band via auction in late-March 2012. Under the terms of its 2600MHz licence, Tele2 must provide 50% network coverage of a minimum of five Lithuanian cities within three years of receiving the licence, and must extend coverage to over 50% of 15 cities within five years.
In related news, Lithuania’s largest mobile operator by subscribers Omnitel has announced that the number of its LTE base stations has increased to 124. The cellco, a subsidiary of Sweden’s TeliaSonera, launched its 4G network in May 2011, using spectrum in the 1800MHz frequency band. Services are available in the capital Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai and Panevezys.