Deutsche Telekom showcases 4G mobile communications at IFA
* Showcase unveils the performance and advantages of 4G technology for tomorrow’s gigabit society
* A new dimension of the mobile Internet and efficient broadband coverage of “gaps” on the map
* Website launched for reservations for “Call & Surf Comfort via radio”
Deutsche Telekom is showing its latest mobile communications technology in action at IFA 2010: Visitors to the stand can try out the 4G technology for themselves in a showcase and discover its advantages. Among the novelties Deutsche Telekom’s guests are able to experience are mobile video conferences in HD quality and extremely fast downloads and uploads of high-resolution movies and photos. Visitors can select and operate the 4G applications they wish to test at a huge multi-touch desk. Deutsche Telekom will also demonstrate the mobile communications technology for connected life in the gigabit society live via video link between the IFA stand and a moving car in Bonn. Deutsche Telekom’s technology partners Huawei and Samsung are providing support in the execution of the showcase. Huawei is involved in setting up the network infrastructure, while Samsung supplies the USB sticks.
At the IFA, Germany’s leading telecommunications provider is also unveiling its new product - “Call & Surf Comfort via radio” - which will provide broadband coverage in areas that currently have no broadband access. A newly developed router will be used for stationary applications of this kind.
Starting immediately, Deutsche Telekom will give customers and potential customers the opportunity to put their name down online for the new technology and the corresponding “Call & Surf Comfort via radio” offer. After registering at www.telekom.de/4g, they will receive information about the technology, its possibilities, and further plans. Over the coming weeks, additional information will be continuously provided on this website, which therefore serves as a comprehensive information portal for all things related to 4G.
By rolling out 4G technology, Deutsche Telekom is taking a quantum leap in broadband coverage, closing gaps in service in rural areas and facilitating mobile data transfer at speeds that are on a par with DSL in the fixed network. In the 4G field, Deutsche Telekom is systematically acting as an innovation driver, putting its first 4G base station into operation in Kyritz (Brandenburg) at the end of August 2010.
4G is essentially innovative LTE technology (LTE, Long Term Evolution). At a frequency auction held by the Federal Network Agency in May 2010, Deutsche Telekom purchased frequency blocks from the so-called digital dividend in the 800 MHz, 1.8 GHz, and 2.6 GHz bands, thereby laying the foundations for the LTE rollout. LTE based on 800 MHz will allow efficient broadband coverage to be provided in rural areas with relatively few mobile communications base stations. What is more, in higher-frequency ranges, LTE optimally complements UMTS/HSPA, the third-generation (3G) mobile communications standard, and will further significantly increase the maximum bandwidths possible throughout the network.
All in all, by the end of 2010, Deutsche Telekom plans to bring fast Internet access to over 1,000 locations (the “gaps” on the map) that currently have no broadband access. Of those, some 500 locations will receive 4G service, while the others will receive different mobile or fixed-network technologies such as UMTS or DSL. In the fixed-network area, service is being provided predominantly via close cooperation with the relevant municipalities. In the coming years, Deutsche Telekom intends to systematically continue network expansion to bring service to areas with inadequate network coverage. In 2011, the company plans to use 4G to eliminate an additional 1,000 “gaps”.
About Deutsche Telekom AG
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with over 131 million mobile customers, more than 37 million fixed-network lines and approximately 16 million broadband lines (as of June 30, 2010). The Group provides products and services for the fixed network, mobile communications, the Internet and IPTV for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in over 50 countries and has more than 251,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 64.6 billion in the 2009 financial year - more than half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2009).
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