Lithuanian mobile operator Omnitel plans to use its newly acquired 800MHz spectrum to expand 4G LTE coverage to around 50% of the population from 2014. The TeliaSonera-owned company was last week announced as the winner of 2×5MHz in the 801MHz–806MHz and 842MHz–847MHz band (Block No. 3) and a further 2×5MHz in the 806MHz–811MHz and 847MHz–852MHz band (Block No. 4), after bidding LTL2.55 million (USD998,000) for each licence, paying a total fee of LTL5.1 million. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Omnitel launched commercial LTE mobile broadband services in the 1800MHz frequency band in the downtown areas of Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai and Panevezys in April 2011, with the network expanded to the coastal resort towns of Palanga and Nida in July 2012.
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