Deutsche Telekom continues to expand 5G and LTE networks

Deutsche Telekom highlighted that 92% of households can now access the operator’s 5G network

German operator Deutsche Telekom said it has expanded its mobile services to 855 locations across the country in the past seven weeks, while adding 5G capacity to 123 locations.

In a statement, the European operator also noted that it has built 194 new LTE locations, while additional LTE capabilities have been provided in 538 locations across the country.

The telecommunications company also said that it is currently using 3.6 GHz frequencies for the provision of 5G services in more than 2,000 locations in Germany. Some of the cities where the telecommunications company offers 5G over the 3.6 GHz spectrum are Aachen, Augsburg, Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Bremen, Darmstadt, Dortmund, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg , Hannover, Jena, Kiel, Cologne, Leipzig, Ludwigsburg, Munich, Nuremberg, Saarbrücken, Schwerin, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden and Wolfsburg.

Deutsche Telekom highlighted that 92% of households can already access the operator’s 5G network, while LTE coverage reaches 99% of the German population.

Walter Goldenits, Managing Director of Technology at Telekom Deutschland, said: “Currently, more than 100,000 antennas are transmitting at more than 34,000 locations in the Telekom network. Every year more than 1,500 new locations are added, especially in the area of ​​highways and railways. We supply Germany with 5G, our new standard in the mobile network, and we are already reaching 92% domestic coverage. But we are going full speed ahead: by 2025, 99% of households will be able to surf our 5G network.”

Last month, Deutsche Telekom said it was using spectrum in the 700MHz range for 5G provision for the first time. The European operator said that the use of the 700 MHz band will improve mobile communications coverage in rural areas of Germany.

The telco added that more than 3,000 antennas in about 1,100 locations currently broadcast 5G over 700 MHz frequencies.

Deutsche Telekom noted that the new frequencies have the potential to provide better coverage indoors, because lower frequencies can better penetrate buildings and walls.

With this new addition, the telecommunications company now offers 5G services through three different frequencies. In addition to the 700 MHz frequency, there are two other radio bands: the 3.6 GHz band and the 2.1 GHz band.

The telecommunications company started the rollout of its 5G network in a limited number of cities in Germany in early July 2019.

Last week, Deutsche Telekom announced the sale of 51% of GD Towers, which comprises its tower assets in Germany and Austria, to Digital Bridge and Brookfield for €17.5 billion ($17.58 billion).

Under the terms of the agreement, Telekom Deutschland and Magenta Austria will continue to have unrestricted access to GD Towers’ passive mobile infrastructure through favorable long-term lease agreements. Operators will also have access to strategically critical “golden sites” as well as preferential access to free site capacity for future network upgrades.

The German telecommunications company said that this new scenario will allow the group to speed up the path towards its objective of 50.1% participation in the share capital of T-Mobile US.

In April, Deutsche Telekom increased its stake in T-Mobile US after paying $2.4 billion to Japanese carrier SoftBank Group.

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