Slovakian fixed and mobile operator Orange Slovensko has launched LTE wireless broadband services for home and small business users in areas not covered by fixed fibre or DSL networks. Two options are available for residential customers: the first offers a 15Mbps/1Mbps (down/uplink) connection with 60GB of bandwidth for EUR15 (USD16.10) a month, while the second provides a 30Mbps/2Mbps link with 300GB of data for EUR20 a month. Once the monthly data cap is reached, download speeds drop to 128kbps and 256kbps respectively, or additional data can be bought at EUR10 per 10GB. Business users, meanwhile, can pay EUR30 a month for a 40Mbps/10Mbps connection and 300GB of data, or EUR50 a month for a 225Mbps/50Mbps line with 400GB of data. Orange says connectivity can also be achieved via its 3G network, though data speeds will be much lower.
Already Slovakia’s largest cellular operator by subscribers, Orange is increasing the pressure on fixed line incumbent Slovak Telekom (ST) in the broadband sector. The French-owned operator is deploying fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks in major cities and towns, while it also uses ST’s DSL infrastructure in other areas. Its 4G LTE mobile network reaches 80% of the population, while 3G coverage stands at around 95%.