Ahead of the imminent launch of its commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) rural broadband service in Germany, Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) already has plans for further deployments of the next-generation mobile broadband technology.
Beyond the rural rollout, Deutsche Telekom's next LTE move will be deployment in hotspots and high-usage areas using spectrum in the 1800MHz frequency band, according to a spokeswoman from the operator.
This is the first indication Deutsche Telekom has given about which spectrum it will use for future LTE deployments, though the operator didn't specify when the hotspot rollout at 1800MHz would begin.
The choice of 1800MHz is interesting because Deutsche Telekom will be one of the first operators to roll out LTE in this spectrum; Poland's Mobyland Sp. z o.o. is so far the only operator to deploy an LTE network at 1800MHz, using equipment from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (See Poland Taps Huawei for First LTE.)
The move will also have implications for device makers as they will have to support yet another frequency for LTE terminals.
- Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile
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