Vodafone Germany announced how much its Long Term Evolution (LTE) service will cost when the operator launches later this month.
The operator must meet regulatory obligations to bring broadband access to under-served regions of Germany by using LTE over its newly won 800 MHz spectrum. As such, the operator's pricing models reflect usage that will be in the home. Vodafone's service, dubbed "LTE at home," is expected to provide customers with broadband access of 7.2 Mbps downstream and 10 GB of data for $51.50. For about $64 per month, users can get speeds of up to 21.6 Mbps and 15 GB per month of data. And finally, those who pay $90 per month get 50 Mbps and 30 GB of data.
Vodafone said it will cover 1,000 municipalities by the end of this year with LTE. In March 2011, that number is expected to increase to 1500.
Rival Deutsche Telekom, which also won an 800 MHz license, has installed its first LTE base station that is fully operational in Kyritz, Germany, and plans to offer LTE in 500 locations by the end of the year. It has yet to announce pricing for its service, called "Call & Surf Comfort via Funk."
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