Telefonica Deutschland has expanded its recently launched 5G network to a further ten cities including Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Essen and Potsdam. The firm became Germany’s third mobile network operator (MNO) to introduce 5G services on 3 October when the network was activated in the country’s five largest cities of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Cologne. By the end of 2021, Telefonica’s 3.6GHz 5G network will have grown from 450 antennas to over 6,000 in order to cover more than 30% of the population, with this set to reach around 50% by the end of 2022 and the whole country by 2025. In rural areas, the company will use Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) technology and will also refarm frequencies that are currently used for the supply of 3G for 5G services.
Telefonica has also announced that it has achieved the Federal Network Agency’s (FNA’s) second interim goal to fulfil the coverage requirements of the 2015 multi-band spectrum auction. The MNO was required to have increased its number of newly-installed 4G base stations to 4,940 by 30 September but states it exceeded this target with a total of 5,089 new stations since the start of the year. The expansion work has increased Telefonica’s 4G coverage to 95% of the population, with this set to rise to 98% by the end of the year.