Telecom Italia takes 4G to eight extra regions

The Italian operator's LTE network now extends to over one-third of the country's population.

Telecom Italia has extended its LTE coverage to a number of new areas.

The operator announced on Wednesday it had launched the 100Mbps network in Catania, Reggio Calabria, Reggio Emilia, Pavia, Siena, Busto Arsizio, Viareggio and Pozzuoli, taking 4G coverage to around 37 percent of Italy's population.

Telecom Italia's 4G now network has now hit 300 municipalities, a figure that has doubled since June.

The Italian incumbent launched 4G services in November last year in four cities — Rome, Milan, Turin and Naples — and expects to have over 60 percent coverage by the end of 2015.

It sells 4G packages for tablets, smartphone and dongles, ranging from €15 per month for a SIM-only smartphone plan with 1GB of data to a €55 per month tablet plan with a 64GB iPad and a 15GB data allowance, with a €129 upfront fee.

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