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A1 and Si.mobil to Start Next Stage of LTE Network Rollout with Carrier Aggregation
Telekom Austria Group's subsidiaries A1 in Austria and Si.mobil in Slovenia are the first operators within the Group to enable their customers higher transmission speeds and higher bandwidths in selected locations. This will be possible thanks to the new LTE-Advanced technology known as Carrier Aggregation, based on the rolled out LTE networks in Austria and Slovenia.
Speed-LTE in Austria and Slovenia
Both subsidiaries have announced that they will start offering their customers LTE Carrier Aggregation in selected locations straight away. Based on this further development of the LTE technology, customers equipped with corresponding end-devices will benefit from average transmission rates that are twice the speed.
Against the backdrop of rising mobile data traffic and Internet-enabled devices, Internet consumption and broadband demand are also increasing. Network operators are taking this development into account by driving the development of the necessary network technologies forward with a view to offering their customers higher data rates and lower runtimes.
New Equipment for Existing LTE Networks
"Network rollout is in full swing and with LTE Carrier Aggregation A1 and Si.mobil offer a further milestone by bringing this future-proof technology to our customers," said Günther Ottendorfer, CTO Telekom Austria Group.
Jointly with Ericsson, A1 has presented LTE Carrier Aggregation for the first time in the world based on two 20 MHz frequency blocks from the 800 and 2600 MHz frequency bands auctioned in autumn 2013. In Austria, the Styrian provincial capital Graz will take the lead as it has already started upgrading currently existing mobile base stations in particularly highly frequented areas.
In Slovenia, selected locations across six cities are going to be covered with LTE Carrier Aggregation with immediate effect. The Slovenian subsidiary Si.mobil has devoted concerted efforts to driving the rollout of its LTE network forward and expects total population coverage of 75% by year-end 2014. Customer needs and requirements play a decisive role for the further development of the network infrastructure. Network rollout started in Ljubljana and Maribor as well as in four additional areas and will be continuously extended to further locations. Read more on the company's website...