Lithuanian Radio and Television Centre (LRTC, also known as Telecentras), which provides telecoms services under the brand MEZON, has begun the upgrade of its networks with a view to migrating from WiMAX to LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology. The state-owned company revealed that it has partnered with Chinese equipment vendor Huawei Technologies for its 4G data rollout project. The network upgrade work will begin in the towns and cities of Klaipeda, Utena, Alytus, Anyksciai, Telsiai and Taurage, with LTE-A services scheduled to be launched in select areas from the fourth quarter of this year. Commenting on the transition, LRTC’s CEO Remigijus Series said that the modernisation of the operator’s networks to an LTE-A platform will enable it to better compete in the market and provide a high level of service quality to new and existing customers.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that LRTC launched its MEZON mobile WiMAX service, which utilises the 3.5GHz band, in Vilnius in early March 2009, and quickly went on to deploy networks in Panevezys, Klaipeda, Siauliai and the second largest city Kaunas. Since then, services have been expanded to around 100 cities, towns and villages, representing around 70% of the population.