In an interview with German newspaper the Rheinische Post, Vodafone Germany’s CEO Friedrich Joussen revealed that the company will begin rolling out Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in two cities in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia during the second half of the year. Vodafone Germany commercially launched LTE in rural areas in December last year using 800MHz frequencies it won at auction in May 2010, but it is now looking to deploy the 4G technology in metropolitan areas. Joussen said the federal state’s capital Dusseldorf has been selected as one location because Vodafone’s development centre is situated there and because of the city’s extensive fibre-optic network, which will be used to connect LTE base stations. Meanwhile, Krefeld has been chosen as a second LTE rollout location because it is relatively flat and only a few base stations would be required to cover its roughly 250,000 residents. The executive added that the 4G technology will support download speeds of between 10Mbps and 30Mbps, with an entry-level package initially priced at around EUR30 (USD43) per month.
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