Yesterday I spoke to Ketan Mahapatro, who works as Verification Manager, Mobile Next Generation Platforms at Intel Corporation. He says that Vodafone Germany is a key account of Intel and that Vodafone plans to increase their LTE coverage dramatically by the end of 2013.
As of now, Vodafone LTE is available only in large cities, making any LTE plans and packages rather unattractive. According to Phone Guide Germany, Vodafone’s competitor, Telekom is planning to offer LTE coverage in over 100 German cities and 2,000 rural areas with Telekom’s 4G by the end of 2012. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to correspond with reality since in many regions of Germany even UMTS coverage is very thin.