CeBIT 2017 | Vodafone to launch LTE Turbo with speeds of over 500 Mbps
Popular European wireless carrier Vodafone has announced a new version of its LTE network at this year's CeBIT in Hanover. Called LTE Turbo, the technology will make its debut in 15 cities in Germany by this summer for customers with compatible devices. Smartphones connected to the network can potentially transmit up to 525 Mbps compared to 375 Mbps on Vodafone's existing LTE network. The technology does not appear to be a full-fledged 5G network as teased in previous years through MWC.
The first smartphones to support the technology will be the Google Pixel XL, Huawei P10 Plus, and the recently released HTC U Ultra. Users who don't own any of these three devices will not be able to take advantage of LTE Turbo for now, so the initial rollout of the faster network will be extremely limited in scope.
Beyond its wireless networks, Vodafone also intends to retrofit its cable connections for customers. The provider is expecting at least 20 percent of its cable Internet customers to benefit from a 500 Mbps connection by this summer. Fiber cable Internet with 1 Gbps speeds are also in the works for a 2019 completion date in the German city of Bavaria.