Vodafone Germany has begun the upgrade and expansion of its mobile network in the capital Berlin, as part of its EUR4 billion (USD5.6 billion) nationwide modernisation programme. Over the next few weeks technicians will replace hardware and software at more than 500 locations around the city, in order to improve the voice quality of the network and double 3.5G data transfer rates up to 42.2Mbps through the rollout of dual carrier (DC)-HSPA+ technology across the entire UMTS network. Work is expected to be completed in June. The UK-based company, which has more than 23,000 base stations nationwide, said the Berlin upgrade forms part of its plans to invest around EUR4 billion in the expansion and modernisation of its mobile network across the country over the next two years.
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