Vodafone announced that it has upgraded its 4G LTE network in Berlin and Dusseldorf to allow download speeds of up to 500Mbps (1/2 a gigabit as what the operator calls it) using the latest Sony Xperia XZ smartphone with a new firmware which will become commercially available in the first quarter of 2017.
In the coming months more mobile radio cells will be upgraded to 500 Mbps from 375 Mbps capability today, said the Operator.
September this year, Vodafone Germany introduced LTE mobile data speeds of up to 375Mbps in 22 cities, including Berlin, Chemnitz, Cottbus, Dortmund, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Herne, Kassel, Cologne, Stuttgart and Wesel.
Vodafone Germany has bundled frequency bands from the 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz ranges to reach the 500Mbps peak download speeds. In addition, the smartphone used in the testing uses two built-in antennas to build two parallel data connections at the same time.