I recently traveled to Italy and since my home network operator has an LTE roaming agreement with TIM, I could of course not resist to try out their LTE network. While many network operators have started with LTE quite a while ago and are now in the process of optimizing their networks, it seems TIM is not as far down that road yet. Both in Udine and Mestre I got LTE coverage from a 10 MHz carrier on the 800 MHz band. When making phone calls, the LTE network would always send my device to the GSM network and not in to the also existing UMTS network. This is quite a shame since it increases the call setup time and also denies me a data connectivity during the call. Hm, I wonder if they have optimized their network next time I have a look because this looks like early days.