Deutsche Telekom completes 50% 5G coverage in Germany

Deutsche Telekom has completed 50% 5G coverage by expanding its network to over 3,000 towns and municipalities in Germany.

From 50% population coverage, Deutsche Telekom is planning to provide 5G coverage to 66% of the population by end-2020.

The company has installed around 30,000 antennas of which 18,000 antennas have been upgraded for 5G and integrated into the live network in the past five weeks.

Deutsche Telekom 5G coverage includes large cities such as Frankfurt or Munich as well as smaller communities such as Wallgu in Upper Bavaria, Lampertswalde in Saxony or the Loreley town of Sankt Goarshausen. And even the antennas on Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, are now transmitting 5G signal.
“Today, we are celebrating a special day for 5G. Half the population in Germany is now covered. 5G has arrived in all German states. This is a big step for our customers, our network and for digitization in Germany,” says Walter Goldenits, Head of Technology, Telekom Deutschland.

“But the 50 percent is no reason for us to rest on our laurels. The 5G rollout continues with the same intensity. Two thirds of the population are our next target. And we want to achieve this too this year,” added Goldenits.

For 5G, Deutsche Telekom uses 2.1 GHz spectrum GHz frequency band which enables a long range. At the same time, the data speed is also increased and in rural areas, the network achieves more than twice the speed. Customers can surf up to 225 Mbps. In cities, the network reaches 600-800 Mbps at its peak.

The network reaches even more speed and capacity on the 3.6 GHz frequency. Antennas on this band are currently transmitting in large cities like Berlin or Cologne. They achieve transmission rates of up to 1 Gbps and more.

Deutsche Telekom uses the different frequencies in such a way that they complement each other in terms of range and speed. For the time being, the 5G rollout will focus on the 2.1 GHz and 3.6 GHz frequency bands.

Currently, Samsung Galaxy S20 5G models and the Huawei P40 Pro 5G support on the 2.1 GHz frequency. The OnePlus 8 models will soon be able to use this frequency through a software update.

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