Vodafone Germany has begun offering mobile data speeds of 1Gbps to customers with compatible smartphones in two major cities. The UK-based company has unveiled its first gigabit-capable handset, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and has activated its first gigabit base stations in Dusseldorf and Berlin, with Hamburg and Hanover to follow shortly. Since May, Vodafone Germany has offered mobile data speeds of up to 500Mbps over its LTE-A network by using tri-carrier aggregation (3C) technology in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz frequency bands, and today 20 cities are able to access the speeds.
In addition, Vodafone has also started deploying fibre-optic networks in commercial areas of Dusseldorf, enabling local businesses to access speeds of up to 1Gbps. The rollout, carried out in partnership with Deutsche Glasfaser Business and the city of Dusseldorf, follows the announcement last month of Vodafone Germany’s three-pillared ‘Gigabit Offensive’ campaign, part of which will see up to 100,000 companies in around 2,000 business parks provided with gigabit fibre broadband speeds.