"Friendly user trials will begin in December when selected O2
customers will be able to use the LTE pilot networks," says CEO René Schuster. "In 2011 we will then supply up to 1,500 locations with LTE and will initiate the commercial use." In rural areas O2
uses frequencies of 800 megahertz originating from digital dividend. With the new LTE technology, O2
will play a significant role in covering every inch of the countryside and supplying broadband throughout Germany.
People interested in LTE can register on a special website that went online in the last few weeks. At www.o2online.de/goto/lte
explains the new technology, provides information about network construction and demonstrates the advantages of LTE (in German). Private users, freelancers, the self-employed and business customers can register on the website and be the first to find out when LTE will be available in their area.
"Telefónica is a global leader in LTE with trials well advanced in six countries in Europe and Latin America," said Matthew Key, Chairman and CEO of Telefónica Europe. "Germany is a key market for LTE where we have successfully tested this next generation technology and will soon start friendly user tests with customers in network pilots at both urban and rural locations."