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. That is why we focus our efforts on connecting areas that previously had no coverage as part of the CR action area "Connect the unconnected."
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.
In 2010, Telekom began setting up the LTE infrastructure in Germany to get its mobile communications network ready in plenty of time for the dramatic increase in smartphone and tablet computer use and to meet it's customers' growing demands. By the end of 2012 we had set up more than 3,000 base stations and launched the service via LTE1800, which we were also setting up at that time, in more than 100 of Germany's largest cities. Hamburg, Bremen, Berlin, Munich and Cologne are only some examples of cities that have been receiving LTE1800 service ever since. The expansion of LTE technology in the 800 MHz range is quickly progressing.
Closing the gaps.
Together with the other two 800 MHz network operators, we have met the LTE roll-out obligations in Germany in all of the 16 federal states. The gaps have been closed—even rural regions now have access to broadband Internet. Having satisfied the roll-out obligations, we can now use the assigned frequencies in the 800 MHz range across Germany without restrictions. This enables transmission speeds of up to 50 Mbit/s.
We had already equipped 2,200 base stations with LTE800 technology by the end of 2012. 2,400 additional LTE base stations run in the 1,800 MHz spectrum, which is the frequency of choice in urban regions because of the short range. Taking both technologies combined, 42 percent of the population had coverage by the end of 2012. We plan to increase coverage to 85 percent of the population by 2016.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 (for LTE1800). This means that 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. Signals transmitted in the 800 MHz range travel much further in open space than similar signals transmitted at a high frequency. They also help provide better service inside buildings.
LTE technology, the fourth generation of mobile networks (4G), offers an unparalleled experience for services requiring high wireless data rates. Since Deutsche Telekom's strategic goal is to lead the field in connected life and work, subsidiaries throughout the Group are launching and expanding their LTE networks.
LTE rollout in Hungary.
Thanks to the ongoing rollout of LTE base stations in Hungary, outdoor population coverage reached 27 percent nationwide and 99 percent in Budapest by the end of 2012. This expansion put T-Mobile Hungary ahead of Hungary's two other mobile service providers in LTE services.
Montenegro: soft LTE launch in October 2012.
Crnogorski Telekom soft-launched LTE technology in the country with a trial network of five eNodeB radio base stations (RBS): four 2,600 MHz RBS in the Podgorica city center area and one 1,800 MHz RBS in Kotor to cover the downtown area.
Cosmote breaking 4G ground in Greece.
In November 2012, Cosmote launched the first commercial 4G/LTE network in Greece, covering the majority of municipalities in the Athens and Thessaloniki regions. Cosmote's new 4G network is initially available for uploading and downloading data through 4G tablets and USB sticks to subscribing customers. There are plans to extend the 4G network to other Greek cities in the near future.
Cosmote Romania: successful LTE lab and field trials.
After successfully performing LTE laboratory and field trials, Cosmote Romania's network is ready for expansion into 4G/LTE technology in the near future.
Pioneering the 4G network in Croatia.
In March 2012, Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT) launched the first commercial 4G/LTE network in Croatia, with base stations located in Zagreb, Rijeka, Osijek and Split. This pioneering achievement will be followed by an expansion of the LTE network to cover other urban and rural areas in the country.
T-Mobile Austria gets ready to expand its LTE network.
T-Mobile Austria has been getting ready to expand its LTE network throughout Austria. In preparation of the expansion, the company finished updating its entire GSM infrastructure by November 27, 2012, and equipped it with a new transmitter technology. At the same time, T-Mobile Austria improved voice and connection quality for more than four million customers. Call interruptions were reduced by 28 percent while reliability increased by 79 percent.
Connect magazine rated T-Mobile Austria's mobile network as "very good" in October 2012.