Vodafone Italy has announced the launch of its first Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) services, which will offer peak download speeds of up to 225Mbps for customers in 80 cities. The 4G service is currently using 1800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum, though the cellco has plans to implement carrier aggregation (CA) using the 800MHz band to push peak theoretical speeds to 300Mbps. The operator says it is planning to have LTE-A networks in 110 cities by end-March 2015. Meanwhile, Vodafone has also revealed plans to offer voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) in the first half of next year. It is currently trialling the technology with a small number of users in Milan, Rome and Ivrea. Rival operator Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) announced last week that it had upped its own LTE-A coverage to 120 cities following its initial launch earlier in November.
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