Manx Telecom has announced the launch of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in line with its previously set out timetable. With the operator saying that the development was the ‘culmination of several years of planning, months of engineering work to install entirely new network infrastructure’, it has said it is committed to investing some GBP10 million (USD17 million) in the 4G technology over the next three years. It has also confirmed that for those of its existing customers on pay-monthly smartphone plans there will be no additional cost to access the faster download speeds offered by the new network. Meanwhile, in terms of coverage it has also claimed to be on track to reach 95% of the population by ‘the end of the summer’. Under the operator’s licence terms it was, in fact, only required to offer 33% population coverage at launch, but commenting on the decision to go beyond that, Manx Telecom CEO Mike Dee noted: ‘Our 4G licence commitment was to achieve a minimum of 33% coverage at launch and 95% two years after launch – but we know how much our customers love new technology, so right from the outset we were determined to exceed those initial commitments.’
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