Vodafone rejects NSN claims of LTE "first" in Germany


Vodafone has responded to NSN's claims that it is helping Deutsche Telekom become the first operator to deploy in LTE digital dividend spectrum.

An NSN release last week claimed that the operator was "to be first for commercial roll-out of LTE in digital dividend spectrum".

But that seemed to conflict with earlier news from Vodafone which has stated it has a live network in Germany already, with more to come. Vodafone Germany has already published tariffs on its website for LTE, whereas DT is yet to go public with its pricing.

A Vodafone statement to Mobile Europe said, "Yes, Vodafone has already deployed several LTE locations, one of them being Heiligendamm at the Baltic Sea. We have also started locations in Lower Saxony, three in total, the fourth is about to go 'live' in a few weeks."

With German operators said to be discussing network sharing for LTE for rural coverage (the whole point of LTE at 800MHz), is such squabbling really necessary?