1&1 plans to launch 5G network by year-end

16 Mar 2022

German telecoms company 1&1 is set to become the country’s fourth mobile network operator (MNO) when it launches commercial services by the end of this year, according to an interview with United Internet CEO Ralph Dommermuth in Welt Am Sonntag. The network, which is being rolled out by subsidiary 1&1 Mobilfunk, will comprise around 1,000 base stations by the end of 2022. The firm will initially offer 5G services for home customers, with mobile 5G for smartphone customers expected to follow in mid-2023. At present, 1&1’s MVNO customers use the mobile networks of Telefonica (O2) and Vodafone, but the signing of a national roaming agreement with Telefonica in May 2021 will enable 1&1 to offer its customers nationwide coverage during the construction phase of its new network. According to its rollout obligations, 1&1 must reach half of the German population with 5G by 2030.