Delays in 5G network expansion: The expansion by Vodafone, Telekom and Co. is still a long way off.
Surf and stream faster: 5G will soon be the standard in Germany. By the end of the year, two thirds of Germans should be supplied with 5G – that is the ambitious goal of the mobile phone companies. It is questionable whether this can be implemented in this way.
According to the NTV, 5G is not even where it is already marketed. Rural regions in particular would not yet have access to the high-speed lines. Christian Rusche, an expert in industrial organization at the Institute of German Business, said the following to the news site: “People can probably be happy here if they get a bit more power than the LTE standard, the predecessor of 5G”. Germany has a range problem.
Part of this problem: 5G frequencies can only be reached in the immediate vicinity. For this reason, lower frequencies are being developed, for example in the 2 GHz range, to cover large areas in rural areas as well. 5G, however, is at 3.6 GHz.
By the end of last year, almost all households in Germany should be supplied with at least 50 Mbit / s per antenna sector. However, network providers have not yet been able to fully guarantee this in Germany. 4G alone delivers a data rate of 300 Mbit / s.
This is the status of the various network providers:
After Deutsche Telekom has connected around half of the Germans to the 5G network, two thirds of the population are the next goal – and that by the end of the year. For this, 40,000 antennas are supposed to spark.
Vodafone also has big goals: after all, 98.7 percent of German households are supplied with the slower LTE. To fully upgrade to 5G, a lot would have to happen. Around 1,000 antennas are currently transmitting in 5G, 7,000 are to be added this year, according to Vodafone. Ten million Germans are said to be supplied with 5G by the end of the year.
Telefonica is still far behind Telekom and Vodafone: the Spanish group does not yet operate any commercially usable antennas. However, according to the provider, O2 customers in major cities such as Berlin and Hamburg will be networked with 5G by the end of the year. Since the group has so far only been able to guarantee the supply of 5G in three federal states, the network agency threatened to pay a hefty fine: 600,000 euros. According to Telefonica, the reason for the delays is the corona pandemic. However, the delays could have started before the crisis. The high bandwidths that the group offers are a problem in larger rural areas such as Brandenburg.
1 & 1 Drillisch
1 & 1 Drillisch is probably in last place. Since there is still no own network, the 5G expansion could be a long time coming.
The expansion with 5G could therefore take significantly longer than planned. At the moment, the industry in particular is benefiting from the fast network. According to NTV expert Rusche, the normal population still has to be patient: “It will take until 2025 to watch Netflix in HD on every field.”
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