Telefonica Deutschland has said it plans to launch a 5G Standalone (5G SA) network this summer, after adding additional frequency bands to its O2 service through carrier aggregation (CA). At present, the firm’s 5G network only operates in the 3.5GHz band, supporting services in high data traffic areas over short distances and coverage inside buildings, but additional frequencies will soon be added in the 700MHz and 1800MHz bands. This will help to pave the way for the deployment of a 5G SA network, enabling Telefonica to offer gigabit speeds and introduce services such as network slicing.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that Telefonica launched its 3.5GHz 5G network in October last year and today provides coverage in more than 30 German cities. It plans to cover 30% of the population by the end of this year.