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Super-fast mobile internet set to expand

The Local · 1 Jun 2011, 16:33

Published: 01 Jun 2011 16:33 GMT+02:00

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Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann, whose company is spearheading the effort, unveiled the new “LTE Network” in Cologne on Wednesday and said it would soon be expanded to Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich.

The network is set to improve mobile web surfing by enabling, in theory, data transfers at a blazing-fast 100 megabits per second. Although these speeds are not likely to be reached in everyday use, the new network will in any case be much faster than the older UMTS network.

German mobile phone companies are looking to introduce high-speed, fourth-generation mobile networks to big cities in response to a dramatic surge in data volumes on the mobile network.

In 2005, less than 1 million gigabytes of data were transferred in this way. This year, more than 70 million gigabytes will be transferred on the network – the equivalent of about 45 million movies.

Driving the explosion is the growth of smart phones, tablet PCs and online video downloads, said Obermann, explaining he anticipates further growth in traffic in future years.

Until now, the LTE network had been concentrated in rural regions that did not previously have fast internet connections.

Reaching a ''milestone''

North Rhine-Westphalia Economics Minister Harry Voigtsberger called the establishment of the network in Cologne a “milestone.”

Fast connections were not a luxury but “absolutely necessary for international competitiveness,” he said.

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Cologne mayor Jürgen Roters said that high-speed data connections were just as important as access to a highway or an airport.

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Your comments about this article

18:09 June 1, 2011 by taiwanluthiers
Great, does that mean it's possible to get a 3G account that doesn't throttle you after 5GB of monthly traffic?
22:15 June 1, 2011 by whpmgr
Nah, in fact they will allow you less GB per month, and charge more, but at least you will get yoru files faster, and be done earlier. I don't miss the Internet connections in Germany nor the charges. Miss the people and the food, the sights, but the Internet sucked.
23:02 June 1, 2011 by chicagolive
@whpmgr unless you are from a Nordic country. I hope you are not looking from the US perspective because Internet service sucks and is extremely expensive compared to the other countries. Forget the oh its a big country crap why can you not get fast speeds in the major cities or if you do you will pay two arms and a leg.
03:00 June 2, 2011 by taiwanluthiers
But the wired service is pretty fast, its the 3G that sucked.
09:59 June 2, 2011 by The-ex-pat
Announced on the same day the WHO tells us we are all going to get cancer from mobile phone us lol
17:37 June 2, 2011 by venkyfra
what to do with super fast mobile internet... already we can watch youtube videos comfortably with 3G speed... can only think of porn...

they should first get rid of max limit in monthly traffic... EDGE sucks!!
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