Vodafone Germany has announced that coverage of its 5G network now reaches more than half of the population. Around 18,000 antennas in 6,000 locations are now live, enabling around 45 million people in both rural and urban areas to connect to 5G services. The firm is now aiming to increase network coverage to more than 60 million Germans by 2023.
Vodafone is using the 1800MHz band to provide 5G in densely populated cities, residential areas and suburbs with speeds of more than 500Mbps, while the 700MHz range is being deployed in rural areas to offer data rates of up to 200Mbps and the 3500MHz band is being rolled out in high traffic areas such as stadiums and train stations, where it is able to support speeds of 1Gbps. Furthermore, in the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig Vodafone has also activated its first 5G antenna in the 26GHz band.