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Telenor boosts Serbia data speeds by 2.5 times in LTE-A launch


Telenor has rolled out LTE-A networks in seven locations across Serbia to support burgeoning data traffic from video and social media.

The service, which Telenor says will deliver 2.5 times current internet speeds, combines spectrum from two frequencies to increase performance.

It is available to customers with a 4G SIM card and a compatible handset within the coverage zone.

Telenor’s 4G+ connectivity is available in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Niš, Kragujevac, Subotica, Zrenjanin and Pančevo.

On average, the company’s customers collectively use 300GB per hour each for YouTube and Facebook, it said.

Ingeborg Øfsthus, CEO of Telenor Serbia, said the move aimed to support growth in internet traffic on the company’s network, which he said had doubled in a year.

“The digitalisation of Serbia is our priority and we are building a network for the future, which will continue to support even the most advanced requests of our customers,” he said.

Operators have been turning to LTE-Advanced networks as they look to satisfy booming data consumption across their networks.

This week saw 4.5G launched in Lithuania by Telia, providing up to 500MBps speeds.

The operator deployed three or four band carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO and 256QAM encoding to enable the network. The new technology has been rolled out to Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, and Panevėžys.

At Mobile World Congress in March, Proximus and Telenet announced they were rolling out 4.5G technology in Belgium.

In December, MTS became the first Russian operator to launch LTE-Advanced Pro on its commercial network, offering speeds of up to 700MBps.