O2 Slovakia has confirmed the commercial launch of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks in the cities of Bratislava and Kosice. Having soft launched in the capital earlier this month, O2 says its commercial systems have been launched to areas covering some 165,000 people in the two cities. The networks currently offer peak download speeds of around 25Mbps, with upload speeds of up to 15Mbps. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, O2 launched a small-scale ‘commercial trial’ LTE network in August 2012, but did not begin a full-blown LTE rollout until this year after winning multi-band 4G-suitable spectrum. The database adds that Slovakia’s overall mobile market leader Orange switched on its LTE services in July this year, belatedly joining second-placed cellco Slovak Telekom in the 4G market, the latter having launched LTE-1800 services in November 2013 before expanding its 4G network with 800MHz/2600MHz frequencies from Q1 2014 onwards. Mobile newcomer SWAN is expected to soft launch LTE this week.
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