Isle of Man cellco Manx Telecom has unveiled plans to launch LTE services in the first half of 2014. The company has inked a deal with Huawei, under which the Chinese vendor will deploy LTE base stations across the island. Manx Telecom CEO Mike Dee said: ‘Building a 4G network is a significant undertaking in terms of both investment and engineering. Over the next three years we will invest GBP10 million (USD16 million) in 4G and we are very excited to announce our partnership with Huawei.’ According to Techworld, the Isle of Man Government Communications Commission will award Manx Telecom spectrum in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands, as well as an entitlement to frequencies in the 2.6GHz band, should they be required. Initially, Manx Telecom must cover 33% of the island’s 80,000 population with its 4G network, increasing to 95% within two years.
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