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Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone to Improve LTE Coverage in Rural Areas in Germany

4g/lte News - Published on Fri, 14 Feb 2020

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Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone are teaming up to improve LTE coverage in rural areas and along traffic routes. The two companies plan to implement active network sharing at a total of 4,000 selected antenna sites to eliminate gray spots across Germany. All of the involved areas are currently only served in LTE quality by a single provider. A new technological approach in the networks of both providers will make it possible.

In addition, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom now also plan to cooperate in areas where only one of the two partners currently offers LTE – known as "gray spots." The collaboration aims to create a better mobile experience for customers of both companies – both in rural areas and along traffic routes.

The two companies have now signed a letter of intent. Talks with Germany's Federal Cartel Office and Federal Network Agency are currently underway. The companies hope to launch the project in 2020.

A key element of the cooperation talks is that each company will provide the other with access to an equal number of mobile communications sites for LTE coverage. It exclusively targets "gray spots" in rural areas and along significant traffic routes. Initial analyses have identified some 2,000 potential sites on each side.

With the new MOCN (multi-operator core network) approach, both companies can eliminate their individual coverage gaps in an economically efficient manner. Customers of Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom will enjoy a vastly improved customer experience. Each company is also free to sign similar agreements with other providers.

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Posted By : TelecomGuru on Fri, 14 Feb 2020
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