Slovakia’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Orange Slovensko, has announced the launch of 225Mbps LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services in seven cities: Banska Bystrica, Bratislava, Kosice, Martin, Piestany, Presov and Zvolen. The cellco is utilising carrier aggregation technology across the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands which increases data transfer speeds and improves in-building coverage. Orange says its basic 4G network now covers 64% of the population in 137 cities/towns and 313 villages, while its 3G networks provide 93% coverage.
Separately, the country’s newest mobile network operator, SWAN, has been told it has met the rollout requirements of its 4G licence. The company introduced a limited 4G service for business users in March this year and went on to announce a full commercial launch in early October under the name 4ka. Rival operators had questioned whether SWAN had fulfilled the terms of its concession and had launched within the specified time period with the required network coverage, but a review by the regulator RU has found that SWAN did indeed comply with the obligations. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Slovakia was home to 6.78 million mobile subscribers at the end of June 2015, with Orange and SWAN joined in the market by number two and three players Slovak Telekom and O2 Slovakia.