Around a year after the first radio masks for 5G went into operation, the major mobile network operators provide information about the expansion of the LTE successor. We’ll reveal how many masts are already connected to the grid – and what should be done by the end of the year.
5G expansion in Germany: Telekom and Vodafone lead the field
5G promises fast transfer of videos, pictures, music and large files. Provided you have good reception and a compatible smartphone. The first masts went online in the second half of 2019: Vodafone has been broadcasting in several German cities since August 2019, and Telekom followed suit at the beginning of September.
Telekom already had 12,000 5G masts on the network in June. Now another 15,000 are to be added “in the short term”, reports Computer Bild. By the end of the year, the company wants to have upgraded a total of 40,000 LTE antennas for the new mobile communications standard. In June, Telekom had already aimed to supply up to 40 million Germans with 5G. The number should increase significantly again by the end of the year.
With its expansion, Telekom is well ahead of Vodafone, but this provider should also add numerous new 5G masts by the end of the year. Preparations are under way: the current 600 masts are to become 8,000 by the end of the year.
When will the successor to 5G come? What are the advantages of the new technology? The answer can be found at GIGA TECH News:
o2 and 1 & 1 prepare network
o2 announces on its website that it intends to supply 30 large stands with a total of 16 million inhabitants with 5G by the end of 2022. 1 & 1 is currently preparing an expansion: “In 2019, 1 & 1 Drillisch acquired frequencies in the 5G auction with which the company is able to build a high-performance and ultra-modern network. Negotiations are currently underway with potential partners to set up the network, ”it says on the company’s website.