Vodafone Germany inks fibre backhaul deal for LTE deployment

Vodafone will accelerate its deployment of LTE in Germany through an agreement with euNetworks to use its fibre network for backhaul in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich.

The deal will also enable Vodafone to access euNetworks' wider fibre coverage as it rolls out LTE services to more cities across Germany. Vodafone is already providing over four million households with LTE coverage as it continues to upgrade its network to support the technology.

"LTE delivers a technological quantum leap for the industry, and is the first gigabit technology in the mobile sector," Hartmut Kremling, CTO of Vodafone Germany, said in a statement.  "A strong underlying fibre optic network is important for us as we roll out LTE across Germany."

Commenting on winning the Vodafone contract, Uwe Nickl, managing director of euNetworks GmbH, said: "We have enough spare capacity to provide Vodafone with a fibre backbone to support its LTE expansion. As a bandwidth infrastructure provider with an extensive network in Germany, we will work closely with Vodafone to provide the infrastructure for the exponential rise in mobile data traffic."

EuNetworks, which has fibre networks in 13 European cities, recently expanded its nationwide fibre network in Germany following the acquisition of LambdaNet Communications Deutschland. EuNetworks already owns and operates seven metropolitan networks in the country.

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