Only 12 months after the public auction, Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) will launch the first LTE high-speed network (Long Term Evolution) in the major German city of Cologne. According to Deutsche Telekom, after Cologne, more than 100 other cities in the entire country will be provided with next generation mobile communications. Further expansion will occur in the third quarter of 2011, but Deutsche Telekom could not provide an exact date.
According to Deutsche Telekom, the 100 LTE base stations will make surfing with up to 100 Mbit/s possible.
"With Cologne, we are very pleased that Deutsche Telekom has chosen to implement the new technology in a city in the most populated state. In doing so, we strengthen the Cologne business metropolis and the technology location of North Rhine-Westphalia," said Harry K. Voigtsberger, minister for business, energy, construction, housing, and transportation of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
About 80 employees of Deutsche Telekom installed the technology in about 5000 working hours. Besides the 100 LTE stations, the company laid approximately 120 km of fiber optic cable in the Cologne municipal area in the past few months in order to connect the base stations with transmission technology.
At the same time as the expansion in Cologne, a comprehensive LTE test phase with selected business customers will already begin in June, with a focus on Munich, Frankfurt, and Münster.