Lithuanian Radio and Television Centre (also known as Telecentras), which provides telecoms services under the MEZON brand, has announced the commercial launch of 4G LTE services in the towns and cities of Klaipeda, Taurage, Telsiai, Utena, Alytus and Anyksciai. In September the state-owned company contracted Chinese equipment vendor Huawei to upgrade its networks with a view to migrating from WiMAX to LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology. Telecentras said it has begun to transfer its customers in the upgraded coverage area to the new network, which will be expanded to other cities next year. Home LTE plans offers maximum download speeds of 12Mbps, 18Mbps, 24Mbps and 30Mbps.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Telecentras 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.