Tango Luxembourg, the Grand Duchy’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has announced that it will start offering services over its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network on a commercial basis from 1 October. At launch, the 4G network will cover around 60% of the population, principally in the south and centre of the country, plus all of the main cities in the north. Tango has indicated that it plans to expand the network to 90% of the population by the end of 2012, and confirmed that the in-deployment network has been configured to offer peak theoretical download speeds of up to 150Mbps, although the real world speeds are expected to be significantly lower. LTE services will be compatible to users of both 4G-suitable smartphones and USB dongles.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June this year telecoms regulator Institut Luxembourgeois de Regulation (ILR) included an LTE concession in Tango’s 15-year 2G licence renewal, paving the way for it to be the first operator in the country to offer 4G services on a commercial basis.