Telefonica Slovakia (O2) is poised to test its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in three villages in the west of the country, according to a report by local website MobilMania. On 2 August the cellco will stage simultaneous trials in Bernolakovo, Ivanka and Danube Zlesie, close to Bratislava. The LTE trial will reportedly utilise Telefonica’s existing spectrum in the 1800MHz band; the Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic (TU SR) is still preparing a tender for the allocation of frequencies in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum bands.
In other news, the cellco has announced that it has expanded its 3G network to a further 17 locations, namely: Sere a Cataj, Cierna, Tisou, Hlinne, Kendice, Kralovsky Chlmec, Secovce, Strazske, Trebisov, Velky Saris, Vranov nad Toplou, Velke Kapusany, Zeliezovce, Sahy, Partizanske, Zlate Moravce and Obyce. Going forward, the operator plans to extend mobile broadband services to a further 160 locations by the end of the year, providing 3G access to half of the population.