German mobile network operator E-Plus, a subsidiary of the Netherlands’ KPN Telecom, has activated Dual Carrier (DC)-HSPA+ technology over more than half of its UMTS network, boosting theoretical maximum download speeds to 42Mbps. In a press release on its website, E-Plus said that by the end of the year more than three-quarters of its UMTS base stations will be equipped with DC-HSPA+, representing a population coverage of 75%. ‘Our network can do everything that today’s customers need for their everyday usage data,’ commented Andreas Pfisterer, chief technology officer of E-Plus Group, adding: ‘The positive customer experience is the main focus at E-Plus. ‘Today’s mobile data services do not need expensive peak data rates, but the capacity and speed, which is what we provide.’
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that almost all of E-Plus’ 3G network has been equipped with HSPA+ technology, enabling 85% of the population to access the cellco’s high speed data network. Last month KPN agreed to sell its German mobile unit to Telefonica Deutschland for EUR5 billion (USD6.6 billion) in cash and a 17.6% stake in the combined entity post transaction. The merger of Germany’s third and fourth largest mobile network operators by subscribers will create a stronger competitor to larger players Telekom Deutschland and Vodafone Germany. Telefonica said the deal will result in an operator with 43 million customers and combined revenues of EUR8.3 billion (end of 2012).