Vodafone’s Irish unit has announced the rollout of ‘4G+’ LTE technology, offering mobile speeds of ‘up to 150Mbps’ to customers living in the cities of Waterford, Dublin, Cork and Limerick. The operator, which launched first generation LTE in October 2013, says its new 4G+ service is ‘twice as fast’ as its predecessor and is available from 1 December in Waterford, followed by Cork, Dublin and Limerick by the end of the year, before coverage expands to other areas. 4G+ is accessible on Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge phones and free of additional charge to subscribers of Vodafone’s Red Extra and Red Super plans until April. Vodafone Ireland explained in a press release that its new 4G+ speeds are delivered by combining two 4G bandwidths, known as carrier aggregation (CA), a key feature of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology evolution, although the cellco did not officially confirm if the Irish network is now classed as LTE-A standard.
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