Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and wireless unit of German telecoms group Deutsche Telekom (DT), has announced plans to install an additional 1,000 mobile base stations across Bavaria by the end of 2020. The initiative will focus on expanding coverage along important transportation routes, as well as in rural areas. In coordination with the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Telekom plans to eliminate 135 white spots (rural locations without adequate broadband internet access). Furthermore, in the coming months most locations in Bavaria will be equipped with the latest single RAN technology and LTE 900.
‘Our funding programme opens up major opportunities for sparsely populated rural areas. Coverage areas that were previously uneconomical can have mobile communications for the first time,’ commented Bavarian Economics Minister Ilse Aigner, adding: ‘I welcome the improvements by Deutsche Telekom in the quality and availability of mobile communications throughout the state.’