O2 launches first LTE pilot network

MUNICH. Telefónica O2 Germany has put its first pilot network for the new mobile communication standard LTE (Long Term Evolution) into operation in Munich. It enables Internet download transfer rates of almost 100 megabits per second - five times the speed currently possible via HSDPA. This increase in capacity is particularly evident for data-intensive HD videos, online computer games, live streaming and large downloads.
CEO René Schuster climbed onto the roof of the O2 building at Georg-Brauchle-Ring to experience the rapid speed of the new network in person during a video conference in high definition. "The launch of LTE in Munich is another important milestone in the development of the mobile communications of the future," he said. "Thanks to Telefónica's global expertise and the frequencies recently acquired, we are optimally equipped to provide our customers throughout Germany with high-speed mobile Internet. This is shown by our first urban pilot network in Munich and three other pilot networks currently in development." In the Bavarian capital and Halle, O2 uses its frequencies in the 2.6-gigahertz range. In Ebersberg and Teutschenthal, both rural regions, the LTE pilot networks operate on frequencies of 800 megahertz originating from the 'digital dividend'. Schuster: "Through this new technology, we are making a decisive contribution to covering the white spots in the countryside and to increasing broadband provision comprehensively in Germany." Existing base stations will be adapted for the new LTE pilot networks; there are no plans for new sites. O2 has been working on the project at full stretch since the beginning of September.
Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG belongs to Telefónica Europe and is part of the Spanish telecommunication group Telefónica S.A. The Company offers its German private and business customers postpaid and prepaid mobile telecom products as well as innovative mobile data services based on the GPRS and UMTS technologies. In addition, the integrated communications provider also offers DSL fixed network telephony and high-speed internet. Telefónica Europe has about 55 million mobile and fixed network customers in Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.