Source: Rethink Wireless
In developed markets, LTE is expected to be used in the early years to support high bandwidth data services, usually in a metrozone build-out pattern geared to areas of high demand. This explains the focus on higher frequency bands, such as 2.6GHz in Europe, which are appropriate for urban deployment. However, the prospect of the 'digital dividend' spectrum is too good a chance for carriers to miss, and a rising number are testing LTE in these low frequencies, even though they are mainly suited to sparsely populated regions.
Vodafone Germany has become the latest cellco to pilot LTE in digital dividend spectrum. The operator has teamed with German public broadcaster WDR and the federal government of North Rhine-Westphalia for its rural pilot, promising download speeds up to 17Mbps. Vodafone is using Ericsson kit and the same platform it previously demonstrated at the CeBIT trade show earlier this year.