Cellular operator O2 Slovakia has soft launched its Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G mobile network in the capital Bratislava, ahead of a scheduled commercial switch-on later this month. A report from local website Mobilmania suggests that O2 customers with 4G-enabled handsets can already access the network at real-world download speeds of up to 25Mbps, though the full commercial launch announcement has still to be made.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, O2 launched a small-scale ‘commercial trial’ LTE network in August 2012, but did not begin a full-blown LTE rollout until this year after winning multi-band 4G-suitable spectrum. The database adds that Slovakia’s overall mobile market leader Orange switched on its LTE services in July this year, belatedly joining second-placed cellco Slovak Telekom in the 4G market, the latter having launched LTE-1800 services in November 2013 before expanding its 4G network with 800MHz/2600MHz frequencies from Q1 2014 onwards. Mobile newcomer SWAN is expected to soft launch LTE by end-2014.