"With the first urban LTE networks in Munich and Halle we are taking a first big step in the construction of the mobile networks of the future in Germany", says René Schuster, CEO of Telefónica O2 Germany. "Our aim is to offer this technology to our customers all over Germany as soon as possible. To do this, we are working closely with network construction companies and device manufacturers and leveraging the global know-how of Telefónica. We are also supporting the federal government's broadband initiative. With the help of the new technology we will be doing our part to close the white spots in broadband coverage for rural areas."
LTE enables mobile data transfer speeds that are similar to today's fixed network internet, and these speeds will be the foundation for new services such as video telephony, music and video streaming, gaming and other services in the future.
Technical partners for the projects in Munich and Halle are the companies Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks. Both networks will initially not be put into commercial operation, but will be operated as pilot networks. LTE products for end customers are planned for a later date. In Munich the LTE network will be operated in the same area as and parallel to the existing HSPA+ network belonging to O2.
Telefónica is one of the world's leading companies in the development of the LTE standard. The company is operating six LTE field tests worldwide, with various network construction companies in Spain, the Czech Republic, the UK, Brazil and Argentina. In Germany, Telefónica O2 Germany acquired new frequencies for a nationwide LTE network back in May at a cost of 1.4 billion Euros. These included two blocks in the 800 MHz range (digital dividend) and four blocks at 2.6 GHz.