Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) has launched Italy’s first commercial Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) services in 60 cities, including Rome, Milan, Turin, Naples, Florence, Genoa, Palermo and Bari. Further markets will be added in the coming weeks, the operator said in a statement. TIM claims the upgraded networks offer 4G+ connectivity at maximum theoretical speeds of 180Mbps, with the peak download rate to be upped to 225Mbps early next year. The new networks use carrier aggregation (CA) technology which improves performance by combining two frequency channels. TIM currently offers standard LTE services to 74% of the population, using spectrum in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands. Existing 4G subscribers can access LTE-A services at no extra cost until next April, though there is currently just one Samsung handset which supports the new speeds. The cellco says it has so far invested EUR900 million (USD1.13 billion) on the development of mobile ultra-broadband.