Vodafone Netherlands’ head of networks, Matthias Sauder, says the company is keen to deploy Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) services in the country, offering peak speeds of 200Mbps, by the end of the year, Telecompaper reports citing online site 4gdekking.nl. According to Sauder, the cellco is looking to deploy LTE-A by combining frequencies from several networks – including the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands – to meet consumer demand not just for higher data download speeds, but also for better coverage. Vodafone NL will update the market in due course about its rollout plans for 4G LTE-A, having already confirmed that it is ahead of schedule – with national coverage now planned for September. Sauder added that 4G coverage currently stands at around 82% of the Netherlands, with around one million Vodafone customers now able to use the technology, of which about 650,000 are actual subscribers.
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