<!–:en–>Vodafone increases LTE coverage in Germany<!–:–>

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.

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  1. Deutsche Telekom has provided LTE coverage in over 100 German cities and more than 2,000 rural areas with Telekom’s 4G by the end of 2012.

    Coverage of LTE in designated rural coverage with no or DSL services inferior to 1 Mbps data rates have been achieved, as per German regulator (BNetzA) announcement (most of requirements have been met by end-2011, remaining requirements by end-2012.

    http://www.bundesnetzagentur.de/cln_1932/SharedDocs/Pressemitteilungen/EN/2012/121126CoverageRequirement800MHzBand.html;jsessionid=C8B54DF061368841CB50A7897D1754CB?nn=48242

    3G coverage is focussed on urban and metro-areas, as in Germany due to fragmentation of spectrum deployment UMTS/HSPA on 900 Mhz is not possible, while LTE has been widely deployed on 800 MHz (by Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile).