Vodafone Germany has announced the commercial launch of 5G services for consumers. The first 25 5G base stations with more than 60 antennas have been activated in 20 cities and communities, including Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Dortmund and Munich, and the municipalities of Birgland (Bavaria), Lohmar (North Rhine-Westphalia) and Hattstedt (Nordfriesland). Next month, the total will increase to over 50 5G base stations with 120 antennas, with areas including Berlin, Bremen, Dresden, Darmstadt, Leipzig, Mulheim an der Ruhr and Frankfurt added to the footprint. By the end of March 2020, more than 160 5G antennas will be live in 25 cities, 25 municipalities and ten industrial parks and by the end of that year ten million people will be connected to the 5G network, rising to 20 million twelve months later.
Residential and personal customers can access 5G speeds in the ‘Red’, ‘Young’ and ‘Vodafone Black’ tariffs, while business users can book the ‘Red Business’ 5G-ready tariffs. A number of 5G-capable handsets are on offer, in addition to the ‘GigaCube 5G’ fixed broadband replacement service, which currently offers speeds of up to 500Mbps within the home but will soon increase to 1Gbps.