Germany’s incumbent telecoms operator Deutsche Telekom (DT), which markets its domestic fixed line and mobile operations under the brand Telekom Deutschland, has set the price for its Long Term Evolution (LTE) service in regions without DSL coverage, FOCUS Online reports. The new offering, dubbed ‘Call & Surf via Funk’, will cost EUR39.95 (USD52.9) per month, including a fixed telephony line, and will become available in April 2011. The service offers theoretical download speeds of 50Mbps, but on average customers can expect speeds of up to 3Mbps downstream and 500kbps upstream.
Meanwhile, the report also states that rival Vodafone Germany will start selling LTE USB modems from 1 December. Subscribers will be able to use the modems on the operator’s trial LTE network in Rammenau, located east of Dresden. The Samsung-supplied dongles will cost between EUR42.50 and EUR72.50, depending on the speed (maximum 50Mbps) and data included. Vodafone first launched LTE services in the German seaside resort of Heiligendamm in September 2010. The operator plans to cover around 1,500 communities with the 4G mobile broadband network by the end of March 2011. Vodafone has selected Huawei and Ericsson as technology partners, and eventually plans to upgrade all base station sites in Germany to LTE.