Full-service provider Magenta Telekom, which was formed in 2019 from the merger of wireless operator T-Mobile Austria and cableco UPC Austria, has begun the rollout of the 700MHz band for 5G services in rural areas. The first 700MHz 5G location is situated in the municipality of Seeboden in Carinthia, with hundreds of additional areas set to follow this year. ‘With the excellent frequency configuration, we can offer our customers the best 5G quality. Rural areas in particular will benefit from our 5G quality leadership in the low frequency bands. This 5G expansion strategy is an ideal addition to our leading gigabit-capable fibre-optic cable networks in metropolitan areas,’ stated Andreas Bierwirth, CEO of Magenta Telekom. More than a third of the Austrian population is currently covered by the firm’s 5G service, which also utilises the 2100MHz and 3.7GHz frequency bands.