Wireless broadband for rural Germany

Jörn Krieger

Households in rural regions of Germany not served by ADSL or cable networks will in future be able to gain broadband internet access through wireless solutions.

The German Parliament has given green light to allocate terrestrial frequencies between 790 and 862 megahertz for the project which are no longer needed for terrestrial television. With the initiative, the German government wants to reach its goal of supplying all households with broadband internet connections by the end of 2010.

Germany's Federal Network Agency wants to allocate the frequencies in a tender later this year, with the first services to be in operation by mid 2010. Within the industry it is expected that mostly mobile network operators will apply for the capacity.

It is planned to use LTE technology for the venture, which enables data rates of up to 5 Mbit/s.