Bite Lithuania, the country’s third largest mobile network operator by subscribers, has expanded coverage of its 4G network to the towns and cities of Marijampole, Alytus, Taurage, Anyksciai, Birstonas, Druskininkai, Elektrenai, Jonava, Joniskis, Kaisiadorys, Kedainiai, Kretinga, Moletai, Plunge, Radviliskis, Ukmerge, Varena, Silale and Silute. Elektronika.lt quotes Bite’s network manager, Gintas Butenas, as saying that the cellco plans to launch LTE services in a further 40 areas by the end of the year, including Trakai, Utena, Mazeikiai and Jurbarkas. Under the expansion plans, 4G population coverage is expected to increase to 75% by the end of this year and to 90% in Q1 2016.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Bite inaugurated its LTE/LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in mid-April. At launch, services were available in five major cities – Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai and Panevezys – as well as the seaside resorts of Palanga and Nida. The company claims that the LTE-A network (branded ‘4G+’) supports maximum download speeds of 300Mbps, with average speeds of 80Mbps.