Deutsche Telekom plans to launch LTE in 100 cities in 2011
Deutsche Telekom has announced plans to introduce LTE to 100 cities this year after launching its new LTE network in the German city of Cologne.
This will be the first time that LTE will be available in German cities, with the technology previously only functional in rural areas.
Cologne’s LTE network will use the 1.8GHz band with a downlink speed of up to 100Mbps and base stations being connected by 120km of fibre cable in the greater area of the city.
Deutsche Telekom CTO Bruno Jacobfeuerborn has played down customer expectations of 100Mbps access speeds, and set the standard at 10Mbps for the immediate future, according to local media reports.
Deutsche Telekom plans to expand to Germany’s major cities throughout 2011, with service trials starting this month in Munich, Frankfurt and Munster. Customers will have access to 2G, HSPA and LTE networks through a USB modem offered by the company.
Prior to this announcement, rival German operators have been concentrating on connecting areas where there was limited coverage as part of a spectrum auction provision.