An additional 15,000 5G antennas are scheduled to be broadcast on Deutsche Telekom’s network this week. Some location examples.
Deutsche Telekom is driving the expansion of its still young 5G mobile network ahead: The Bonn-based mobile operator plans to set up 15,000 additional 5G antennas later this week to expand its 5G network.
However, this is by no means a completely new antenna. In many cases, the telecom technicians are upgrading existing antenna devices with an update for 5G. Deutsche Telekom names large cities such as Nuremberg and Hanover as concrete location examples for such upgraded antenna locations. But 5G should now also be available in more rural areas such as Schwanebeck in the Harz or Westerland on Sylt. The Movie Park in Bottrop is also there with 5G, as Telekom promises.
Telekom uses different mobile radio frequencies for its 5G expansion. According to Telekom, the focus is on the frequency bands 2.1 GHz and 3.6 GHz. This makes sense because both frequency bands complement each other well in terms of range and speed. The 15,000 5G antennas that went into operation this week are transmitting on the 2.1 GHz frequency. In the rural area, the mobile network should partially achieve more than a doubling of the previous speed. Customers can surf at up to 225 Mbit / s. In cities, the 5G network reaches 600-800 Mbit / s at its peak.
Both Vodafone and Telekom already include 5G in the Red / Young and Magenta tariffs. If you have one of these tariffs, you can surf the 5G network with a 5G-capable cell phone. In fact, 5G doesn’t even have to be expensive – at least that’s what Vodafone thinks. Because there are tariffs from around 10 euros per month including 5G! This increases Vodafone’s pressure on Telekom, whose 5G tariffs start at around EUR 20. (Applies to tariffs under 28 years)
The following rule of thumb applies to 5G frequencies: Higher frequencies have a shorter range, but a larger bandwidth, so they transmit data faster. These higher frequencies are suitable for cities or metropolitan areas. Lower frequencies continue to transmit, but do not transmit the data quite as quickly. These frequency ranges are therefore suitable for the flat country.
According to Deutsche Telekom, the goal is to supply half of the population in Germany with 5G in July 2020. (PC world)