Belgium’s second largest cellco by subscribers, Orange Group subsidiary Mobistar, has announced that it will be launching full-scale commercial trials of Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) technology in three cities later this month. The firm has been testing LTE-A in Mechelen since April 2014 and will now switch on networks in Brussels and Mons on 15 May, providing peak download speeds of up to 213Mbps and uploads at up to 43Mbps. The new networks will cover 85% of the population in Brussels, 91% in Mons and 99% in Mechelen using the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands. Mobistar plans to have its so-called ‘4G+’ LTE-A networks live in all Belgian cities by the end of this year. The firm, which claims around 36% of the Belgian mobile market according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, already covers 92% of Belgium’s population with its standard LTE 4G networks.
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