SWAN reaches 50% LTE coverage as O2 trials LTE-A

18 Dec 2015

The latest operator to enter the Slovakian mobile market SWAN, which offers services under the ‘4ka’ banner, says its LTE-only network now covers 50% of the country’s population. The firm, which claims to have rolled out 4G infrastructure to a dozen new towns in December, has signed up almost 85,000 subscribers since its full commercial launch in October. SWAN competes with three established operators, Orange, Slovak Telekom and O2 Slovakia, which between them served almost 6.9 million subscribers at the end of September 2015, according to figures from TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.

Separately, O2 Slovakia has confirmed that it is testing LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology using carrier aggregation in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands. The operator says tests in three areas of Bratislava have already achieved speeds of 165Mbps. O2 adds that its 75Mbps LTE network now covers 25% of the population.

Slovakia, O2 Slovakia, SWAN (incl. BENESTRA)