Vodafone Germany, the German unit of UK-based telecoms company Vodafone Group, has unveiled its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network rollout plans at the IFA 2010 trade show in Berlin, LteWorld reports. The operator, which will begin deployment of its 4G network this month, said it expects to serve more than 1,000 German municipalities – currently without broadband access – with its LTE service by the end of the year, rising to 1,500 by March 2011. Vodafone revealed that by the end of next year, it plans to offer a comprehensive LTE network with coverage of the vast majority of municipalities. The company also unveiled its LTE tariff plans, offered under the ‘LTE Zuhause’. Customers have the option of three packages: the lower-end option costs EUR39.99 (USD51.2) per month offering download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps with 10GB of data, while the package offering maximum download speeds of 21.6Mbps and 15GB of data is priced at EUR49.99 per month. The top-end package costs EUR69.99 per month for maximum speeds of 50Mbps with 30GB of data. Existing Vodafone post-paid customers are able to subscribe to the packages for EUR10 less per month.
Earlier this week, German incumbent Deutsche Telekom installed its first LTE base station in Kyritz, located in northeast Germany, and said it plans to activate around 500 additional LTE transmitters by the end of the year.