Friday, August 31, 2012

T-Mobile Cranks LTE to 100 Mbps in Germany

Deutsche Telekom announced a new LTE performance tier that promises 100 Mbps downlinks to smarthphones in certain coverage areas in Germany.

The LTE Speed option can be purchased from September 4 for EUR 9.95/month with all Complete Mobile rates. The data volume included in the selected rate also doubles over the standard price.

The new tier is being launched at the same time as the first LTE-capable smartphones, such as the HTC One XL and Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE.

Without the LTE Speed option, customers can get downlinks of up tp 21.6 Mbps.

Telekom noted that by the end of this year, it plans to have activated its LTE network in 100 cities . Already more than 10 million customers in rural regions are covered by the LTE 800 network. In addition, Telekom offers download speeds of up to 42 Mbps in its entire UMTS network, reaching some 87 percent of Germany's population.

  • Earlier this year, Deutsche Telekom, in collaboration with Huawei, announced the  first LTE 4×4 MIMO field trial, achieving download data rates of up to 250 Mbps. The 4×4 MIMO field trial utilized Huawei's SingleRAN LTE solution.
  • Deutsche Telekom launched its LTE network in Cologne in June 2011 using the 1.8 GHz frequency band and Huawei's SingleRAN LTE as one solution.