According to a press release by Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), Germany’s incumbent telecoms operator Deutsche Telekom (DT, T-Mobile) will launch Long Term Evolution (LTE) services later this year, extending advanced mobile broadband services to underserved rural areas. DT selected NSN for the rollout – which began earlier in the year – following the country’s auction of mobile spectrum, which concluded in May 2010. The vendor is supplying hardware, software and services required to set up and maintain the LTE radio network across Germany, while DT has also selected NSN as a future LTE supplier globally. For its LTE services, DT will use spectrum in the 800MHz ‘digital dividend’ frequency band, which was freed up after the switchover from analogue to digital TV. Thanks to its reach, the spectrum is best suited to cover rural areas with mobile broadband internet. In the first phase, the rollout will take place in so-called ‘whitespots’ – areas where no broadband access of any kind is currently available.
‘DT has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to adopting next generation technologies so that our subscribers can enjoy sophisticated services,’ said Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, director technology at the operator, adding: ‘In a first step LTE will enable broadband access in rural areas, where fast access to the internet has so far been unavailable. NSN has already demonstrated its technological leadership in LTE. In addition its expertise in services has convinced us: it can ensure the rapid, high quality network rollout we want and have planned.’ NSN is planning and optimising the LTE network to deliver the quality and coverage that DT requires to expand into rural areas. It is also handling the implementation and maintenance elements of the project to ensure a rapid rollout without interruption to existing 2G and 3G services.