This blog is by Arne Schaelicke, LTE product marketing manager at NSN.
Summertime – throughout Europe, it offers the chance to take the longest holiday breaks of the year, to relax at the seaside, hike in the mountains, or take in some sightseeing. I certainly hope everyone had or is having an enjoyable holiday this year.
If you are among the early adopters of LTE in Europe, you may have noticed that summer 2013 was different from past years, as many mobile operators now provide LTE network coverage at holiday destinations. At an increasing number of locations, you can now use your smartphone to take photos and videos of you and your friends enjoying the sun and share them at 4G speed – or alternatively browse the web while waiting for the rain to stop.
NSN has helped a number of holiday resorts throughout Europe realize the benefits of LTE.
Starting our journey up North in the Baltic Sea, visitors to the popular “Sunshine Island” of Bornholm in the area of Ronne can enjoy LTE provided by Telia, Denmark.
In Germany, the island of Sylt holds a similar appeal for Germans and already offers LTE coverage provided by Deutsche Telekom.
For those more interested in sightseeing, many historic cities are already covered by LTE. Continuing our journey South, we come to Strasbourg with its famous cathedral where SFR provides LTE coverage, while in Bern, with its medieval center, Orange Switzerland also provides LTE. Padua and Perugia, Italy, home to some of the oldest universities in the world, enjoy LTE coverage from Telecom Italia. Coimbra, Portugal, another renowned university town, has LTE from TMN, which also provides LTE in Funchal on Madeira, known for its beautiful scenery and the mild climate.
Summer also brings well know music and theater festivals in cities like Bregenz and Salzburg, the city of Mozart at the foot of the Austrian Alps, both of which enjoy LTE coverage from A1.
Deeper in the Alps, LTE coverage can be found at famous resorts like Grindelwald in the Bernese Alps, at the renowned jet-set destination of St. Moritz (both Orange Switzerland, see link above), or Selva in Val Gardena at the foot of the famous Sella group in the Dolomites (Telecom Italia, see link above).
Across the ever-popular Mediterranean, many locations already have LTE service. On the Dalmatian coast, LTE is provided in Split by Croatia Telekom and most of the famous Greek islands in the Ionian and Aegean Seas are provided with LTE by Cosmote.
Had LTE been around in Crete some millennia ago, some of the Greek myths might have turned out differently, but at least today’s tourists can look them up on their smartphones with legendary speed.