Germany announced today, the Munich-based carrier is starting the live
operation of its HSPA+
data network (which
we were able to test before) in an urban area of Munich (Center and western
part of Munich as well as around the Marienplatz). The kick-off will be
tomorrow, 3 November 2009. HSPA+ enables download rates of up to 28 Mbps and
upload rates of up to 5.76 Mbps. The network technology and the surfstick will
be provided by O2's partner
During the initial phase, signed O2 customers who work or live in the city and
the western urban area of Munich will be able to test the new mobile broadband
Signed O2 customers will receive a stick from Huawei and the required mobile
data flat rate and until 31 December 2009 no additional costs will accrue to
"The mobile web is growing rapidly with more and more customers using
mobile applications. We are one of the first companies worldwide to offer
our customers a completely new mobile internet experience with HSPA+", says
René Schuster, CEO Telefónica O2 Germany. "With this technology, we are
taking a big step forward into the future."
O2 is now operating one of the most modern mobile data networks in Europe.
"In the last couple of years, we invested about € 3.5 billion in our network
infrastructures and the Connect Netztest 2009 (network test 2009 by the magazine
connect) only recently endorsed the high quality of the O2 mobile network both
in terms of telephony and the mobile internet", said Andrea Folgueiras, CTO
Telefónica O2 Germany.
Huawei and O2 have successfully worked together on the German market for
quite some time. The companies are cooperating, among other things, to expand
O2's German mobile network.
Cheers ~ Arne