TD brings LTE to eastern regions

28 Sep 2011

Telekom Deutschland (TD), the domestic fixed and mobile division of German telecoms company Deutsche Telekom, has announced the rollout of its 800MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to a number of areas in eastern Germany. Inhabitants of Putbus in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Wittenberge in Brandenburg and Schmalkalden in Thuringia will be able to order the company’s ‘Call & Surf Comfort Via Funk’ tariff plan, which bundles telephony and internet at maximum down/upload speeds of up to 7.2Mbps/1.4Mbps. The package costs EUR39.95 (USD56.2) per month for consumers and EUR33.57 for corporate users. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, TD acquired ten blocks of frequencies in the 800MHz, 1800MHz, 2GHz and 2.6GHz bands in the government’s April/May 2010 spectrum auction for a total of EUR1.3 billion, including two blocks of 2×5MHz spectrum in the 800MHz band. The company is using its 1800MHz and 2.6GHz frequencies to deploy LTE in towns and cities, while its 800MHz spectrum, which is best suited to cover rural areas with mobile broadband internet because of its reach, is being used to roll out LTE in unserved and underserved areas. TD is looking to roll out LTE to around 1,800 locations across the country by the end of 2011.

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