On 1 January T-Mobile Hungary launched a commercial 4G network based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in the capital Budapest, covering around 40% of the population there. Available initially in ten districts, the cellco is enticing users to sign up by offering a discounted monthly fee in the early part of the user’s contract. The decision to launch a commercial 4G service follows a three-month network trial to test the new mobile broadband service using more than a hundred residential, SME and corporate users. Despite the limited geographical footprint, T-Mobile intends to extend its coverage ‘intensively’ in 2012, it said. The LTE network currently covers parts of Budapest districts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 14. The whole of the capital will be served by end-2012. People wishing to use the new service will need to sign up to the cellco’s Net&Roll 4G mobile internet package, costing from HUF2,000 (USD8.47) per month in the launch phase (until 31 March) and own an LTE-enabled mobile dongle.
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