June 21, 2021

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Telefonica reaches 60 German cities with 5G technology

German telecom company Telefónica Deutschland / O2, controlled by Spain’s Telco Telefónica, claims to currently reach 60 cities with 5G technology.

The operator said that the current 5G network coverage is provided by approximately 1,300 5G antennas currently operating in the 3.6 GHz band.

“By the end of the year, we will have more than 30% of the population with 5G and will supply the whole of Germany by 2025. This will bring the full power of 5G to every corner,” said Marcus Haas, CEO of Telefónica Germany / O2: High-tech to consumers. From the pillars of the republic and enabling new corporate communication solutions and democratization.

According to the carrier, there are more than 250 5G antennas already transmitting at 3.6 GHz in Berlin, more than 120 in Hamburg and more than 100 each in Munich, Cologne and Stuttgart. In addition, O2 has had many 5G networks in recent weeks launched in other cities , Including Augsburg, Ingolstadt (Bavaria), Aachen, Gelsenkirchen and Schwerte (North Rhine-Westphalia), Sindelfingen, Avalterbach, Marbach am Neckar (Baden-Württemberg). . The first 5G sites are also located in Wiesbaden (Hesse) and Mainz (Rhineland-Palatinate).

The European telecom company plans to build about 5,000 additional 5G antennas in the 3.6 GHz frequency band in 2021. In addition, there will be several thousand additional 5G stations over 700 MHz and 1800 MHz.

Telefónica Deutschland / O2 recently launched its independent 5G core network. The new standalone 5G servers in the Munich data center are already connected to the 5G antennas in the live O2 network.

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“We are proud to implement our new standalone 5G core network. The future O2 network is taking a clear shape. Be it gigabit data rates, real-time connections, or separate networks for our male customers,” said Malek Rao, Head of Technology and Information at Telefónica Deutschland / O2. Independent 5G network, we are greatly expanding the field of digital games.

By summer 2021, the telecom company will focus on national implementation of the new 5G core network across all data centers.

The network operator also claims to be the first German network operator to bring manufacturer-independent Open RAN from lab into live O2 network. Open RAN sites in Landsberg am Lech – Germany’s first open RAN city – have been broadcast since December 2020. From fall 2021, O2 will convert more locations to Open RAN.