"The introduction of national roaming is the starting signal for Telefónica Deutschland’s new network. Hence, also in terms of network our customers and partners will experience the first tangible benefits of the merger. With the joined network coverage, we will provide them with the best network experience via UMTS in Germany and are pleased, that we are able to realize this technological large-scale project for our customers ahead of schedule,"
said Thorsten Dirks
, CEO of Telefónica Deutschland.
In cities, customers can expect a denser network coverage especially in buildings. In rural areas, especially those customers will benefit, whose previous network did not provide UMTS coverage. They can automatically use the other UMTS network, if available. UMTS networks continue to be Germany’s "workhorses" of mobile infrastructure, transporting the largest data volumes. A registration of the customer device for national roaming is not required.
The national roaming will also support positive customer experience during the further integration of the two network infrastructures. Telefónica Deutschland intends to complete this consolidation within the next five years.
At the same time, the Telefónica Deutschland is making good progress driving the accelerated expansion of its LTE network. In the fourth quarter of 2014, the company considerably increased its investment in comparison to the previous quarters. Currently, network coverage in the LTE network is approximately 62 per cent of the population. For the end of year 2016 Telefónica Deutschland plans to reach an outdoor LTE-coverage of up to 90 percent.