Vodafone is activating 2,200 new 5G antennas throughout Germany
The German operator Vodafone announced that it had activated 2,200 new 5G base stations in 800 locations across the country, the telecommunications company said in a press release.
The technicians of the telecommunications company have used this new infrastructure in almost 300 cities in Germany.
The telecommunications company determined that with this recent activation, 5G technology is now available to more than 20 million people across Germany.
“Despite the difficult starting conditions, we are really stepping on the gas with our expansion. Germany now occupies a leading position in Europe for 5G and our network continues to grow, ”said Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of Vodafone Germany.
In 2019, Vodafone activated the supposedly first 5G network in Germany with the aim of supplying 10 million people with 5G by the end of 2020 and 20 million people by the end of 2021. Both goals have already been met, and so on, the operator is now announcing a net target in terms of 5G coverage. “By the end of the year we will be supplying more than 30 million people and many companies in Germany with 5G,” said Ametsreiter.
In total, more than 7,000 5G antennas are now activated at almost 2,500 locations in the Vodafone network, according to telecommunications.
For the 5G expansion in Germany, Vodafone is relying on 5G frequencies at 1.8 GHz and also on the 3.5 GHz spectrum at most locations – especially in cities.
Vodafone also uses frequencies in the 700 MHz band at individual locations to expand mobile communications in rural areas.
The German airline also uses DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) technology for its 5G expansion.
Vodafone launched its first 5G network in Germany in 2019 on 3.5 GHz frequencies, which it acquired from Telefónica in 2018.
Vodafone Germany acquired radio frequencies for 5G mobile networks from the Federal Network Agency for a total cost of 1.88 billion euros (currently 2.29 billion US dollars). It secured 90 megahertz in the 3.6 GHz band and 40 megahertz in the 2.1 MHz spectrum. The auction ended in mid-June and brought in around 6.55 billion euros.
The German operator previously confirmed that it will continue to pursue a two-vendor strategy for its networks, with equipment from Chinese vendor Huawei and Swedish Ericsson.