Vodafone Group’s Czech mobile business says it is planning to roll out its 3G and 4G networks to cover more than 50% of the country by March next year. The unit notes that by December 2014, virtually the entire population will be able to access LTE running on the 900MHz band – and be available to all customers with a data plan. Further, Vodafone CR says that its investments in LTE-900 will later be utilised in the migration to the LTE frequencies it hopes to pick up in the forthcoming spectrum auction, starting November. To bring widespread LTE coverage to its user base, Vodafone intends to use 3MHz of spectrum in the 900MHz band, enabling peak download speeds of 20Mbps (comparable to HSPA+ technology). Cellular News quotes Tanja Richter, vice president technology at Vodafone, as saying: ‘Our goal is to make high speed mobile internet accessible to the largest number of customers as quickly as possible. That’s why we’ll start covering smaller towns and the countryside with LTE technology where there is no high speed mobile internet at the moment … building LTE on 900MHz is the first step we’re taking towards building LTE network on frequencies we will gain from the auction.’
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