Telefonica Deutschland, Germany’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, says it installed nearly 2,000 new LTE stations in the third quarter of 2018 and upgraded existing locations with additional LTE capacities. In total, the firm’s O2-branded network has increased by around 5,000 4G stations so far this year. Around 125,000 new people per week were supplied with LTE during the quarter as a result of network expansion in rural areas, which included Werlte, Rhede, Neulehe and Surwold in Lower Saxony’s Emsland region, and Schlotheim, Ebeleben, Bleicherode, Leinefelde-Worbis and Dingelstaedt in Central Germany. Telefonica Deutschland says it will largely complete the network integration of O2 and E-Plus by the end of 2018, enabling it to concentrate its resources in the coming year entirely on LTE expansion in terms of rural areas, network densification and further network optimisation. In addition to supplying rural areas, the company is also focusing on providing LTE along important transport infrastructures such as motorways and ICE rail lines.
‘With our rapid LTE expansion, we are creating an increasingly better network experience for our customers in urban and rural areas,’ commented Cayetano Carbajo Martin, CTO of Telefonica Deutschland, adding: ‘At the same time, we are preparing our O2 network for the increasing mobile data usage of our customers and future digital applications. Therefore, almost every hour on average we put a new LTE station in our network into operation.’