Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile business of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has revealed that it upgraded fixed broadband speeds for an additional four million households in 2020. The firm says that over 33.4 million homes can now access maximum data rates of up to 100Mbps and that it has increased the length of its fibre-optic network to 575,000km. In addition, Telekom enabled an additional 600,000 homes to access its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network last year, compared to 270,000 in 2019, and going forward it aims to equip an additional two million homes with direct fibre connections annually. Furthermore, by 2023 around 3,000 business parks are also expected to be connected to the fibre-optic network.
With regards to mobile communications, Telekom’s 5G service now blankets roughly 66% of the population, or 55 million Germans, via a network of 45,000 antennas in 4,700 towns and cities, while its 4G LTE coverage has been expanded to 98.6% of the population. The majority of 5G antennas operate in the 2.1GHz frequency band in major cities as well as in smaller communities and rural areas, although over 1,000 antennas in 26 cities also utilise the 3.6GHz band. The company’s 5G network is expected to reach 80% of Germans within a year and 99% by 2025, while all 3G UMTS sites will be upgraded with 5G (or where this is not possible with 4G) by the middle of the year.