The 5G network of Deutsche Telekom is now operational in five German cities – Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Darmstadt, and Munich. As the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) trade show gets underway, there over hundred 5G antennas across the country transmitting genuine 5G broadband, with bandwidths of 1 Gb/s and more. 5G means therefore faster transmission speeds, shorter response times and a much more innovative network.
Further 5G locations will follow
Hamburg and Leipzig are also to benefit from 5G by the end of 2019. In total, there are plans to install more than 300 antennas in Germany by the end of the year. The network in all the 5G cities will also be consolidated further over the course of the coming year. By the end of 2020, at least 20 of the largest cities in Germany are to be connected to the network.
“We are bringing 5G to city streets in line with our customers’ needs,” explains Walter Goldenits, Chief Technology Officer at Telekom Deutschland GmbH. “We’re starting off where data usage is high and are establishing continuous coverage areas in these places. After all, it’s not just about having 5G show up on screen – it’s about experiencing the real strengths of 5G from the very start.”
Rolling out a new technology over a wider area is always pioneering work. “We want to build up as much experience as possible in terms of transmission planning during the initial expansion stage in 2019. We’re learning more with every single antenna we set up and adjust,” says the CTO at Deutsche Telekom. That is why Deutsche Telekom is setting different priorities in the new 5G locations.
Biggest 5G coverage area in Berlin
More than 60 antennas form the largest German continuous 5G coverage area in Berlin’s city center, at around six square kilometers. Over the next 18 months, Berlin’s 5G network is set to grow continuously. The focus for 5G in Germany’s capital is to serve the city center with its tourist hotspots, such as Potsdamer Platz.
Different priorities in the cities
In Cologne, there are 12 new antennas providing 5G coverage for the IFA trade show. During the first stage, the Deutz side of the Rhine, including parts of the exhibition grounds, is being covered. In Munich, the initial focus of the first nine antennas is on 5G for business. By the end of the year, 5G will be available at BMW Park and in the Unterföhring media center, bringing the number of installed antennas to around 50. Deutsche Telekom is planning to head into Munich city center with its next expansion stage in 2020.
Furthermore, there are 24 antennas serving Bonn while the IFA trade show takes place. The first antennas to go into operation are located in the city center, at the main train station and in the Beuel district. These are key convergence points in the public transport network, where mobile network usage is particularly high. By the end of the year, Deutsche Telekom aims to double the number of antennas in Bonn, bringing the total to more than 40.
The 5G rollout in Darmstadt has started with test areas around the Deutsche Telekom sites there. The network, which currently comprises 18 antennas, stretches all the way up to the main train station. The next step over the coming 18 months will see coverage extended toward the city center and university areas.
All 5G areas are now recorded on the Deutsche Telekom 5G coverage map at www.telekom.de/netzausbau, which shows customers where they can get a 5G signal. The map will be continuously updated as new locations are brought online.
First 5G Devices available
Consumers need new devices in order to use 5G: The first approved commercial products are now available in Germany, in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G. There is also the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G and the HTC 5G HUB. More devices are set to follow soon.