Vodafone Romania launched limited 4G services today (November 20 ) in ten cities across the country – Arad, Bacau, Brasov, Bucharest, Cluj, Constanta, Craiova, Iasi, Galati and Timisoara. According to Vodafone connection speeds of up to 75Mbps will be possible and 4G geographic coverage in the cities serviced will be around 90 percent.
However, coverage in Bucharest will be much lower. Vodafone’s website suggests that 4G coverage will be very limited in Bucharest, completely unavailable in the city center and restricted to Otopeni and some areas north of Lake Herastrau. See an interactive coverage map for Romania here and Bucharest coverage (in picture, below, 4G coverage in yellow).
Vodafone Romania is also promoting a number of devices for use with 4G services, including USB modems, routers and a tablet PC. The company is offering short term promotions on new subscriptions between now and the end of the year.
Vodafone is offering two 4G packages – Internet Nelimitat Extra and Internet Nelimitat Profesional, while in 2013, Vodafone aims to start 4G commercial services at speeds of up to 100Mbps. 4G services can be tested in 17 Vodafone stores on compatible devices. Vodafone’s 4G network runs in the 1800 MHz frequency bandwidth and Romania is among the first European markets where the company has rolled out 4G services, after Germany, Portugal and Italy.
Other mobile phone companies are expected to follow suit soon and Orange Romania previously announced that it will launch 4G services in Bucharest before the end of the year. The new service will be available to clients in the first phase in a few areas of the capital.
photo source: Vodafone Romania