Vodafone’s Czech mobile subsidiary has issued a press release saying that in preparation for the arrival of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, it is expanding its fibre-optic core network by 4,500km, for a total of 6,000km. The operator notes that the move supplements its recent launch of dual-carrier HSPA+ (DC-HSPA+) services in 44 cities across the country as it looks to ramp up its capacity and ability to provide high speed data transmissions. During the course of 2013 Vodafone CR intends to connect more than 70 cities in the Republic with its new optical fibre network, as it looks to ensure its fibre backbone is able to cope with future demand. Further, the firm’s VP for strategy and planning, Colin Shea, says that under the expansion plan, the whole fibre network in the Czech Republic will be connected to Vodafone’s international data network.
Currently, Vodafone CR is able to deliver 3G mobile services to more than 73% of the population, with customers able to benefit from DC-HSPA+ at a maximum 42Mbps, regardless of their tariff.