The next stage of expansion for landline and mobile telephony starts today. By 2022, the provider in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg wants to connect over a million more households to high-speed internet. Vodafone is also expanding massively in mobile communications.
Broadband speeds of up to one gigabit per second: Vodafone already offers this to 3 million households in Bavaria and 2.7 million in Baden-Württemberg. Today, the group is starting its second expansion phase in the fixed network: by 2022, another 400,000 households in the Free State and one million in Baden-Württemberg are to be connected to the gigabit network. This would mean that a total of 7.1 million Vodafone customers in southern Germany would have access to the gigabit Internet. In the future, Vodafone wants to implement bandwidths in the region of 10 gigabits per second (10,000 Mbit / s) and more in its entire high-speed network in the region.
In order to achieve the high speeds, Vodafone is gradually equipping its entire cable fiber network with gigabit-capable network elements and is installing the DOCSIS 3.1 technology, which is already available for 5.7 million households in southern Germany. The new high-performance network from Vodafone offers you HD television as well as high-speed Internet and very good telephony quality. According to Vodafone’s Gigabit connection, the amount of data on a DVD (4.7 gigabytes) can be downloaded in less than a minute, for example. For comparison: it takes 12 minutes with a VDSL 50 Mbit connection and almost 40 minutes with a DSL 16 Mbit connection.
Mobile communications: even more, further and faster
Vodafone is also expanding its mobile network in the two southern German states. With a total of just over 7,000 mobile radio stations, 99.7 percent of the population in Bavaria and 99.8 percent in Baden-Württemberg are guaranteed outdoor coverage. Since most of the mobile radio stations are also equipped with LTE (= 4G) broadband technology, the group also connected around 98.3 percent of the population in the Free State and 97.7 percent of the population in Baden-Württemberg to the LTE network.
The next stage of expansion starts today: By the middle of 2021, a further 880 mobile radio construction projects are planned in Bavaria and 650 in Baden-Württemberg. Vodafone will put 50 or 40 new LTE stations into operation and 830 or 610 existing mobile phone locations will be upgraded with additional LTE technology. The planned construction measures serve to close LTE dead spots and to bring more capacity and higher surfing speeds to the Vodafone network.
Vodafone has currently activated the LTE 800 technology at all LTE stations in the two federal states. This is intended to create a machine network (“narrowband IoT”) for smart cities and industrial halls.
5G network is being established
In parallel to the expansion of the LTE network, Vodafone’s 5G network is also being set up in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. Vodafone has already put the latest mobile phone technology into operation at eleven mobile phone locations in the Free State and seven in the neighboring state. The next step is to attach further 5G antennas to the existing mobile radio stations – wherever possible. This happens step by step – for example on masts, lookout towers, church towers and on the roofs of public buildings and apartment buildings. By mid-2021, around 550 Vodafone mobile stations in Bavaria and 350 in Baden-Württemberg will have the new 5G technology on board.