Deutsche Telekom-controlled T-Mobile Czech Republic has announced that under the terms of its licence award, it has switched on LTE services in the 2600MHz band – initially in Petrovice, a borough of Prague – with plans to expand coverage to the entire border region in the near future. The cellco notes that the implementation of 4G in the higher frequency band will augment capacity and coverage of its in-deployment network.
Last month, TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate reported that T-Mobile CR published an update on the rollout of its 4G LTE network, noting that in 2015 it significantly expanded its coverage thanks to the deployment of 2,000 new transmitters across the country. By the start of this year, the German-owned unit had around 3,700 cell sites in operation covering 82% of the population in 2,300 locations, including all major and regional cities, plus all highways and popular tourist/recreation areas. At the same date, combined 3G/4G coverage stood at 96% of Czech inhabitants. T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Vladimir Klein said at the time that the network expansion would continue, adding that: ‘By the end of 2016 we plan to extend LTE coverage to almost the entire population of the Czech Republic.’ In addition, T-Mobile CR’s ultra-high speed rollout programme is being augmented by the rollout of LTE-A technology.