Vodafone Germany has announced the commercial launch of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Dusseldorf, providing mobile broadband speeds of up to 50Mbps to the federal state capital. Under the terms of its 4G spectrum licence, the UK-based company was required to roll out LTE technology in rural areas unserved by broadband services of any kind before it could launch 4G services in urban areas. Vodafone says it has fulfilled the rural coverage obligation in North Rhine-Westphalia, meaning that it is now allowed to expand LTE services to the federal state’s main towns and cities. In Dusseldorf, subscribers can sign up to the ‘LTE Zuhause Telefon & Internet’ package bundling telephony and home mobile broadband access at download speeds of up to 50Mbps for EUR34.99 (USD48.2) per month, including 30GB of data. For surfing in and outside of the home, customers can sign up to the ‘MobileInternet Flat’ package, which offers 50Mbps broadband for EUR59.99 per month, including 20GB of data.