Vodafone Germany has launched cable broadband speeds of up to 500Mbps for residential and business customers, matching the maximum data rates available over its mobile network since May. In the next few weeks the UK-owned firm will begin rolling out the high speed fixed broadband service to around 2.5 million households, representing around 25% of homes across its cable network footprint. Deployment will initially take place in 124 towns and cities, starting with Munich. In addition, Vodafone says it is able to offer cable speeds of up to 400Mbps to around eight million customers, while 200Mbps downstream rates can be accessed by more than 93% of households in its cable distribution area.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Vodafone Germany introduced 500Mbps speeds over its LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) infrastructure in Dusseldorf in May, doing so by using tri-carrier aggregation (3C) technology in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz frequency bands. Last month the firm announced that a total of ten cities were now able to access its 500Mbps mobile services, namely Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Dresden, Dortmund, Mannheim, Erfurt, Coswig, Cottbus, Moers and Remscheid. Looking ahead the operator plans to cover 15 cities by ‘summer’, with 30 locations to be within the network footprint by end-2017.