Providers plan German 3G service roll-out

Two of the six companies licensed to provide 3G wireless services in Germany are trying to get ahead of the competition by...

Two of the six companies licensed to provide 3G wireless services in Germany are trying to get ahead of the competition by announcing early launches.

Vodafone has announced that itwill start its D2 Vodafone service in the third quarter. The company claimed that there would be enough handsets to satisfy public demand by then.

Mobilcom is also aiming for a speedy start, but the company would not give a specific date other than the second half of 2002.

The other licence holders, T-Mobile International, E-Plus Mobilfunk, VIAG Interkom, and Quam have promised service for late 2002 or early 2003.

In a related announcement, Vodafone said that it will retire the D2 brand name in March. D2 is a legacy of the former German provider Mannesmann, which the UK firm acquired in 2000.

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