Vodafone Netherlands is preparing to launch faster LTE speeds later this year, under the name 4G+.
The company gave a demonstration of the LTE Advanced service, which can reach a theoretical maximum of 225 Mbps, at its head office in Amsterdam.
4G+ will launch first in ten cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Leiden, Eindhoven, Den Bosch and Schiphol, and reach another 50 medium and small cities around year-end.

The service is based on carrier aggregation, combining 10 MHz in the 800 MHz band for up to 75 Mbps and 20 MHz in the 1,800 MHz band for another 150 Mbps.
The timing of the launch will depend on the availability of suitable handsets. These are already on the market in Korea from manufacturers such as LG and Samsung.

Vodafone will also start in the second half of this year a pilot of Voice over LTE (VoLTE).
It expects to be ready for a commercial launch in mid-2015.
All voice calls still go over its 3G network. Its testing HD Voice on the 3G network and hopes to extend the experience to the 4G service.

Jan Jongeneel, Manager Product Marketing Data Services at Vodafone, told Telecompaper that IP will allow the operator to introduce more customised services.
This may include SIP services, where users can call via contact names or accounts instead of using account numbers, while still experiencing a high level of voice quality.