A1 launches 800MHz LTE network in 200 locations

29 Jan 2014

A1 Telekom Austria has announced that it has used its newly acquired 800MHz spectrum to extend its Long Term Evolution (LTE) coverage to 200 locations across the country, including a number of rural regions never previously covered by its 3G network. A1 says that the deployment programme means that around 45% of the population are now covered by its 4G network.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, A1 acquired 2×20MHz blocks of 800MHz spectrum in the Telekom Control Commission’s (TKK’s) ‘combinatory clock’ auction in October 2013. In addition, the telco snagged 2×15MHz blocks of 900MHz frequencies and 2×35MHz blocks of 1800MHz spectrum, paying a total of EUR1.03 billion (USD1.41 billion) for the bandwidth.

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