O2 Slovakia has revealed that it has failed to agree a 4G network sharing deal with rival operator Orange Slovensko and must now revise its plans for the rollout of a Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network. A report from local web portal Zive.sk says that O2 is now expecting to cover 25% of the population with its own 800MHz LTE infrastructure this year, down from the previous target of 50% which it had hoped to reach under the deal with Orange. By 2019, the cellco says 90% of the population will have access to its 4G services. Meanwhile, O2 says it already covers 65% of the population with its 3G networks and is planning to increase this figure to 70% by year-end, with 2G GSM technology available to over 96% of people.
Orange Slovensko recently added three new locations to its own LTE network, taking 4G coverage to around 32% of the country’s population, with networks live in 28 cities and six municipalities. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Orange claims around 42% of all wireless subscribers in the country, while O2 has 25% and Slovak Telekom has 33%.