4th generation mobile communications.
Telekom is very involved in establishing 4G (next generation mobile networks) based on LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology. The growing demand for high-speed, location-independent Internet can be met with LTE, even in areas with weak infrastructure.
Telekom is intensively pursuing LTE expansion to give smartphone and tablet computer users access to the entire range of services at as many locations as possible.
We began setting up the LTE network in Germany in the third quarter of 2010. By late 2011 we were able to hook up more than 1,500 rural, dead cell zones to the LTE 800 network. Another 1,000 will follow in 2012. We began LTE expansion in 100 large cities in the second half of 2011 including Cologne, where we were able to provide LTE infrastructure coverage to an area of around 150 square kilometers. Cologne became Germany's first LTE city in June 2011 after investments of approximately 5 million euros. It took some 80 Deutsche Telekom employees around 5,000 hours to install 100 LTE stations. We also installed approximately 120 kilometers of fiber optic cables in Cologne districts to connect the base stations with state-of-the-art transmission technology.
Test operation of LTE transmitters in Munich.
Telekom Deutschland has been running test operations of five LTE transmitters at the Munich trade fair grounds since December 6, 2011. General expansion in the city center and some surrounding areas began after the pilot phase. The pilot stations have been put into regular operation.
LTE ready for the market.
By late 2011 we and our competitors had met the requirements of the German Federal Network Agency to receive LTE licenses in ten German states. We purchased the licenses at auction in May 2010. The new technology can now be introduced in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.
We began advertising LTE rates in Germany in April 2011. The offering includes LTE routers and, as of July 2011, the LTE Speedstick. We set up LTE at no extra charge for all current rates such as our Call & Surf Comfort via Funk offer.Find out more
LTE is the successor of the UMTS mobile communications standard and rings in a new generation of mobile communications technology (4G) that is still being developed. Telekom is playing a key role in this development. LTE enables even greater acceleration of data transmission in mobile as well as fixed-line Internet to up to 100 Mbit/s. LTE offers transmission speeds that are 20 times faster than in previous mobile networks.
LTE can be used in a wide frequency range from 700 MHz to 2,600 MHz. The lower frequencies around 800 MHz are particularly effective for providing service to rural areas. They have a much greater range in open spaces than higher frequencies. They also help provide better service inside buildings.
Another advantage is network coverage even in areas where mobile communications and DSL coverage had not been possible before. The radio technology enables a reliable network for calls and Internet access. LTE creates a stable network, both inside buildings and in cars or on the train.
T-Mobile Austria also invested heavily in the expansion and advancement of LTE network technology. In October 2010, Innsbruck became the first city in Austria to be connected to the network of the future. T-Mobile Austria put additional LTE mobile base stations into operation in Vienna in May 2011 and in Linz and Graz in June 2011. Some 600,000 Austrians have been able to use the new broadband technology in these four cities ever since.
T-Mobile Austria invested a total of EUR 116 million in expanding its mobile broadband network in 2011. In addition to LTE, the company further expanded the High Speed Packet Access HSPA standards HSPA +21 and HSPA +42. These transmission standards reach downlink speeds of up to 21 or 42 Mbit/s. Through these efforts, the company plans to be able to provide at least one fourth of the Austrian population with access to the new mobile communications standard by the end of 2013.
The Croatian subsidiary T-HT Hrvatski Telekom conducted a test of the previously installed LTE networks with 100 consumers and corporate customers in the second half of 2011. T-HT Hrvatski Telekom teamed up with system technology providers Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson Nikola Tesla Croatia to conduct the test. All three partners provided their LTE network infrastructure for test operation. The networks provided coverage for the cities of Rijeka, Split and Zagreb. Test participants registered via Facebook and Twitter.
T-HT Hrvatski Telekom began providing commercial LTE services in the 1,800 MHz band in early 2012.
The Hungarian subsidiary began a comprehensive LTE network test with several hundred participants in October 2011. Magyar Telekom conducted the test in preparation for the market launch on January 1, 2012. The company is the first LTE network provider on the Hungarian market.
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