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Telefonica plans LTE roll out in 2010

Telefonica O2 plans to roll out two LTE pilots in Germany on the 2.6GHz frequency band by this year end.

Telefonica's two LTE pilots are underway in Germany.
Telefonica's two LTE pilots are underway in Germany.

The Spanish company has partnered with Chinese equipment vendor Huawei and Finland's Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) for the pilots, which will be deployed in the cities of Munich and Halle.

Telefonica also plans for two more LTE tests to be set up in the rural areas of Ebersberg, which is east of Munich, and Teutschenthal, which is west of Halle.

The rural networks will operate in the digital dividend 800MHz frequency band.

Telefonica O2 Germany secured two paired 5MHz blocks in the 800MHz band for $1.58 billion, as well as four blocks of spectrum in the 2.6GHz band, in the Federal Network Agency's (FNA's) spectrum auction, which concluded in May 2010, according to CommsUpdate.

Telefonica O2 Germany is a leading operator for consumers and businesses in Germany, with 21.6 million customers as of March 2010.