Lithuanian mobile operator Omnitel has announced that it has increased the download and upload speeds of its LTE network by 30% in the capital Vilnius and its surrounding area. The cellco, which is majority owned by Sweden’s Telia Company, plans to gradually roll out the faster data rates to other locations during the summer. Omnitel’s 4G network was launched in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai and Panevezys in April 2011, notes TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. Since then, the network has been steadily expanded on a nationwide basis through the deployment of over 1,000 LTE base stations, providing coverage to around 99% of the population. In December 2014 the cellco began offering LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services to customers in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai and Panevezys, supporting maximum download speeds of up to 200Mbps, while data rates were boosted to 330Mbps through the implementation of ‘4G++’ technology last year.
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