Vodafone takes 4G to another 13 towns and cities in Italy

Vodafone Italia has extended its LTE network to 21 areas.
Written by Jo Best, Contributor

Vodafone is to extend its 4G LTE network to eight new cities in Italy this year.

The operator, which has around one-third of Italy's mobile subscribers, started rolling out its 4G network last October in Rome and Milan, and took LTE coverage to a further six cities later that year.

Today's announcement of 4G services for an additional 13 towns and cities - Bergamo, Bologna, Cagliari, Catania, Ivrea, Livorno, Modena, Pisa, Reggio Calabria, Taranto, Trento, Verona and Venice – takes the total number of Italian cities covered by Vodafone Italia's LTE network to 21.

Vodafone Italia customers can get 4G as a standalone data service for dongles or tablets for €30 per month, or as an add-on for mobile devices at €10 per month.

Among the LTE-friendly handsets on offer are the BlackBerry Z10, the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920, and the Galaxy S3 4G and Note II 4G.

Italy's incumbent telco Telecom Italia – which has around half the country's mobile market – launched its own LTE network late last year in four cities. Since then, it's extended the network to cover a number of other areas, including the cities Bari and Pisa and a handful of tourist hotspots such as the ski resort Cavalese.

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