German mobile network operator E-Plus Mobilfunk has partnered with vendor Ericsson and the Ministry for Economics, Labour and Tourism of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to launch a mobile broadband pilot using digital dividend frequencies. The parties signed an agreement for the trial at the end of 2008 and chose 50 businesses and residential customers in the range of a pilot antenna site north west of the town of Waren. The selected customers will be able to access the internet using the cellco’s HSDPA network for free, with speeds of up to 7.2Mbps download and 1.4Mbps upload. Ericsson, which supplied the equipment for the pilot, said that the aim of the project is to discover whether the technology can be used to provide mobile broadband services in rural areas. The pilot is scheduled to run until the end of 2009.