Vodafone Germany is launching comercial LTE on December 1 and is offering LTE surf sticks to it's customers. The new Samsung LTE data stick are available nationwide from 1 December, particularly in the Vodafone shops in rural areas. Vodafone is driving the rapid expansion in so-called white areas on a weekly basis. By the end of 2011, the white patches will disappear says Vodafone. Vodafone has planned 1,500 LTE locations by the end of March 201.
Deutsche Telekom is late in commercial LTE launch and has announced LTE expansion with goal to deploy around 500 4G-ready stations by year end. Many stations are already LTE-ready. According to operator selected customers would test the new technology first and marketing will begin in April 2011.
Vodafone LTE home Internet tariff of 39.99 € includes a broadband access of up to 7.2 megabits per second. For those who want more speed, there are tariffs with data rates up to 21.6 megabits per second for € 49.99 and at a speed of up to 50 megabits per second for 69.99 euros per month.