European mobile giant Vodafone Group (NYSE:VOD, news, filings) is preparing for its LTE rollout, and reports trickling out of Germany suggests that euNetworks (SIN:H23, news) has picked up the backhaul contract for it in four of Germany's largest markets. Vodafone and euNetworks will be cooperating in the buildout of backhaul networks spanning the metropolitan areas of Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich.
While LTE networks are out there already both in Europe and in the US, the open question industry-wide is just how the underlying infrastructure will handle widespread usage of mobile data at these higher speeds. More extensive use of fiber-to-the-tower seems to be the obvious way to get there, which means that metro fiber's profile will probably get a boost at last in Europe to match what we have seen in the USA.
euNetworks recently completed the acquisition of German intercity and metro operator LambdaNet, which substantially added to the company's fiber footprint across the country, both in terms of assets and customers. Prior to that, euNetworks had substantial network in each city that has been focusing more and more on in the past year or two. The deal nearly doubled the company's revenues, and has clearly given them a boost outside of their more highly developed London turf.
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