German fixed and mobile network operator Vodafone Germany is looking to sign a network access partnership deal with at least one cable operator in the country, onlinekosten.de cites Stephan Zimmermann, head of the unit’s wholesale division, as saying. Speaking at the Euroforum conference in Cologne, Zimmerman also said that the company is signing up around 5,000 new customers to its Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband network every week. Vodafone commercially launched LTE in rural areas of Germany in December 2010 using 800MHz frequencies it won at auction earlier that year. Under the terms of its 4G spectrum licence, the UK-owned 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. After fulfilling the rural coverage obligation in North Rhine-Westphalia, 4G services were launched in Dusseldorf in October 2011, providing mobile broadband speeds of up to 50Mbps to the federal state capital.