In a first for the country, Serbian cellular operator VIP Mobile has commissioned LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology in its network, using frequencies held in the 800MHz and 1800MHz band. In a press release, the cellco notes that the move towards carrier aggregation (CA) technology is the first example of use of spectrum of the so-called ‘Digital Dividend’ band in its commercial network, after the public auction held in November 2015. VIP expects its 4G+ network to deliver peak throughput of 225Mbps (download), with typical data transmission speeds reaching 150Mbps. The LTE-A signal is currently available to users in parts of Novi Beograd and Pancevo, and is supported both by the cellco’s existing 4G SIM cards and mobile devices with evolved 4G capability. Going forward, VIP intends to continue the rollout of LTE-A to correspond with user demand and the representation of 4G+ devices across the territory, it said. Launched in April 2015, VIP says it will have covered more than 40% of the population, including smaller towns, with its base 4G signal by end-2016. VIP Mobile is a subsidiary of Telekom Austria Group.
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