EMT 4G Will Be Available to 95% of Estonian Population by the End of 2013

Press-release, via LTE-Depot. EMT is building its 4G network in the 1800MHz and 2600MHz frequency bands. The 1800MHz provides better coverage, while 2600 MHz is better at covering densely populated areas.

According to Tiit Tammiste, CTO at EMT, the company is also interested in getting the 800MHz license, when it will be auctioned, but that does not affect the 4G network roll-out this year. 800MHz frequency will be used in rural areas. „It is important to point out that EMT’s 4G is built upon the future-proof LTE technology that runs on a completely new network, while Elisa calls their enhanced and already overloaded 3G network 4G”, Tammiste noted.

4G is also gaining popularity among users: over 30% of EMT’s mobile data subscribers opt for a 4G plan. Tammiste brings out the reasons why users go for 4G: „LTE enables speeds up to 150Mbps, and also the latency between the modem and tower is smaller. Low latency is important for providing services in real time, live broadcasting, and online gaming.”

EMT’s 4G network is open for modems and tablets, and, currently, EMT is the only carrier in Estonia who has launched its 4G services for smartphones.

EMT launched the first 4G network in Estonia in 2010. Today, EMT’s 4G covers 75 percent of the country’s population.

The high-speed EMT 4G network will be available throughout the whole country by the end of 2014.

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