Cologne to switch on 100Mbps mobile broadband in July
On 1 July Deutsche Telekom will switch on a €5m 100Mbps mobile broadband service in Cologne in Germany that will cost citizens just under €90 a month for a dongle and 50Gb data package.
The LTE (Long Term Evolution) service, based on 100 base stations transmitting in the 1.8GHz band, will cover 150 square kilometres of Cologne and its suburbs, including its 763 km public transport system.
After Cologne, DT will extend LTE coverage to more than 100 cities in the federal territory.
The switch-on comes a year after Germany’s LTE spectrum auction. About 80 DT employees installed the base stations in about 5000 working hours. The company also laid about 120 km of fibre optic cable to connect the base stations.
The LTE “speed stick” dongle supports LTE as well as GSM/EDGE (2G) and UMTS/HSPA (3G), allowing users access to mobile broadband nationwide.
To attract users DT is offering 100Mbps speeds free for the first three months.
The UK is expected to start its auction of so-called 4G spectrum in early 2013, and to have the first working networks a year later, although there is talk of an Olympic legacy that might allow East Londoners access to next generation speeds before then.