Tele2 Netherlands has contracted Nokia to supply its Flexi Zone LTE small cell products to help boost the capacity and indoor coverage of its 4G network. Commercial deployments have now begun following a successful trial of both indoor and outdoor small cells. Francois Mairey, CTIO at Tele2 Netherlands, said: ‘We continue to build on our LTE-Advanced network at high speed to address the growing appetite for mobile data, especially in busy locations and at peak times.’ Nokia is already the sole supplier for Tele2’s nationwide greenfield radio access network.
Meanwhile, Vodafone Netherlands has revealed plans to launch both voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi calling later in 2016. The first VoLTE services are expected to be introduced in the third quarter, although an exact timeframe has not been announced. Rival operators KPN and T-Mobile Netherlands have already stated that they plan to launch VoLTE services by the end of this year.