Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun (Dhiraagu), the Maldives’ incumbent telecoms operator, has launched commercial 4G LTE services, the company announced via social media. Earlier this year Dhiraagu started implementation of a MVR95 million (USD6.1 million) mobile network upgrade project mainly focused on the development of its 3G network and the rollout of LTE services in cooperation with China’s Huawei Technologies, enabling customers to achieve higher data speeds across the country. LTE services are now available to pre-paid and contract customers in and around the capital Male, and existing subscribers can use their current data plan once they switch to a 4G SIM, which is available free of charge until the end of November. For post-paid customers, mobile internet plans range in price from MVR99 (USD6.4) per month for a data allowance of 200MB to MVR299 for 2.2GB, while pre-paid tariffs cost MVR25 for 125MB of data (valid for 24 hours) and MVR10 for 25MB (one hour).
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