Monaco Telecom has launched an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in the Principality under the ‘4G+’ banner, adding 800MHz frequencies to its existing 2600MHz network to deliver peak (theoretical) speeds of 223Mbps using carrier aggregation (CA) technology. The Xavier Niel-controlled operator says that at launch the service is available in the port area of Port Hercule, and that it will cover the whole of the Principality with 4G+ services this year. Although it stopped short of providing a date when this will happen, Monaco Telecom says that its nearly 35,000-strong user base will be able to benefit from LTE-A automatically – i.e. they will not be charged an additional fee to sign up and can access it via packages that start from EUR34 (USD38.1) per month for two hours of voice calls and 1GB of data. The cellular arm is selling four smartphones initially that support LTE-A, namely: Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Note and Note Edge and the Huawei Mate 7.
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