German operators announce network expansion cooperation

12 Nov 2019

Germany’s three main mobile network operators have announced their intention to collaborate on the expansion of their networks to eliminate gaps in coverage for mobile broadband services. Telekom Deutschland, Telefonica Deutschland and Vodafone Germany plan to coordinate the set-up and operation of up to 6,000 new cell sites to improve coverage, especially in rural areas and along road, rail and inland waterway transport routes. 1&1 Drillisch has been invited to participate in this network expansion collaboration, but a prerequisite for joining is that the operator must be willing to take on an equal share of the expansion projects as the other parties.

The plan proposes that each company participating in the collaboration should set up an equal number of new sites which can then be used by the partners and fitted with their own antennas and the appropriate network technology as required.

‘The planned collaboration is a milestone for network expansion in Germany. Our common goal is to eliminate coverage gaps in the mobile network as soon as possible,’ stated Telekom Deutschland’s Managing Director Dirk Wossner, adding: ‘Sharing infrastructure is nothing new for us. Sharing it at this scale, however, is a major step in the right direction. After all, high speed internet and excellent voice quality on road, rail and water are vital for an industrial country like Germany that relies on mobile communications.’