Vodafone achieves ‘nationwide’ LTE coverage on schedule

30 Sep 2014

Vodafone Netherlands has announced that it has notched up ‘nationwide’ Long Term Evolution (LTE) coverage, after deploying its final ten 4G cell towers in Geldermansen, a municipality in the west of the country. The cellco’s LTE footprint, which amounts to 95% of the population, could still be expanded, CEO Rob Shuter notes, via the use of small cells situated on lampposts and bus shelters.

Meanwhile, with regards to its recently launched LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network – which went live at 27 antenna sites in Amsterdam last month – Vodafone has confirmed that the new platform will be available in more than 50 cities by April 2015.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in June 2014 the carrier’s head of networks, Matthias Sauder noted that 4G coverage stood at around 82% of the Netherlands at that date, with around one million Vodafone customers able to use the technology, of which about 650,000 were actual subscribers. Going forward, the cellco planned to hit full coverage (95%) by September 2014 – a milestone it has now achieved.

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