SWAN blames cellcos for delay in nationwide LTE launch

19 Dec 2014

Slovakian telco SWAN has reportedly blamed the country’s mobile operators for the delay in the commercial nationwide launch of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) services. Domestic news source Zive.sk reports that the operator has so far failed to agree national roaming terms with incumbent cellcos Orange, Slovak Telekom and O2, despite the fact that the trio are obliged to provide roaming on their networks once SWAN reaches 20% population coverage with its own infrastructure. For its part, SWAN claims to have met this coverage obligation, saying it now covers selected locations of Bratislava, Trnava, Zilina, Banska Bystrica, Kosice Nitra, Presov, Banovce nad Bebravou, Dunajska Streda, Hlohovec and Pezinok with its own LTE infrastructure.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, SWAN was announced as the winner of Slovakia’s fourth mobile concession in January 2014, paying EUR6.60 million (USD9.10 million) for its 2×15MHz technology-neutral 4G licence in the 1800MHz band. Having already deployed a WiMAX wireless broadband network, the operator said it would upgrade its 300 or so towers to LTE technology to speed up its rollout. SWAN reportedly aims to have signed up 500,000 mobile customers within two years.