Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has announced that its 5G network now covers 40 million Germans, representing half of the population. Services are available in over 3,000 towns and municipalities, after a further 18,000 antennas were upgraded for 5G and integrated into the live network in the past five weeks.
Telekom uses spectrum in the 2100MHz band to provide customers with 5G coverage in less densely populated areas, while the 3600MHz band is being used in large cities like Berlin and Cologne. Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) is also being deployed, enabling Telekom to operate both 4G LTE and 5G mobile communications standards in parallel in one frequency band.
‘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 digitisation in Germany,’ stated Walter Goldenits, Head of Technology at Telekom Deutschland, adding: ‘But the 50% 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.’