E-Plus HSDPA upgrade complete for 80% of network

Wednesday 18 May 2011 | 11:18 CET | News
E-Plus has made balance, one year after acquiring additional mobile spectrum doubling its frequencies for mobile voice and data services. The operator is continously extending and upgrading its current UMTS network to HSDPA/HSPA+ adding a dozen of new antennas per day and currently has 80 percent of its network offering HSDPA. E-Plus plans to continue the upgrades and extension to have the best mobile data network in Germany at the end of 2012 including rural areas as well. The operator focuses on expanding its network based on actual usage to fulfill customer demand as best as it can. At the same time, E-Plus has started testing LTE using 1.8 GHz (GSM frequency) in Wachtendonk and 2.1 GHz (UMTS frequency) in Cloppenburg, but CEO Thorsten Dirks warns that the current regulatory climate, blocking frequency reforms, is impeding the development of mobile broadband services in Germany.

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