Telefónica Deutschland is beginning the technical integration of the UMTS and GSM networks after an intensive phase of planning and testing, which meticulously paved the way for the challenging large-scale project. For the combined network, the team selected the best transmitter sites with the optimal geographical distribution. State-of-the-art network equipment will be used to considerably increase their capacities, giving the company an extremely powerful and at the same time highly efficient network. The consolidation has been planned so that there will be as little service disruption as possible for the customers during the technical work in each area. In the last few months, the first localised test runs delivered important findings for the further preparation of the integration. Telefónica Deutschland is able to convert individual transmitter stations within a few hours and fully implement the network merger in a given area within a week.
In an initial step in May 2015, Telefónica Deutschland activated national roaming in the UMTS networks for all O2 and E-Plus customers. Via the E-Plus infrastructure, the company already offers “the best UMTS network in Germany” (Computer BILD network test 10/2015). And it’s not just in urban areas that customers benefit from the densest UMTS network infrastructure. The user experience with mobile data services also improved in areas where customers previously had no LTE coverage. In parallel, the company continues to rapidly expand its LTE network and also plans to enable joint LTE use from mid-2016.