Telefónica Deutschland / O2, which is controlled by Spanish telecom company Telefónica, said it is currently reaching 60 cities using its 5G technology.
The carrier announced that the current 5G network coverage is being provided by a total of about 1,300 5G antennas currently operating in the 3.6 GHz band.
“By the end of the year, we will cover more than 30% of the population with a 5G network and all of Germany by 2025. This will bring full 5G performance across Germany and enable new communication solutions for businesses and technology,” said Marcus Haas, CEO of Telefónica Deutschland / O2. Superlative to consumers. “
In the capital, Berlin, it is already sending more than 250 5G antennas at 3.6 GHz, in Hamburg more than 120, and in Munich, Cologne and Stuttgart more than 100 each. In addition, O2 has had a 5G network in many other cities in recent weeks it started, Including Augsburg and Ingolstadt (Bavaria), Aachen, Gelsenkirchen and Schwerte (North Rhine-Westphalia) as well as Sindelfingen, Avalterbach and 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 by 2021. In addition, there will be several thousand additional 5G stations above 700 MHz and 1800 MHz.
Telefónica Deutschland / O2 recently launched its new standalone core 5G network. The new standalone 5G servers in the Munich data center are already connected to the 5G antennas in the live O2 network.
“We are proud to implement our new standalone 5G core network. Our future O2 network is clearly taking shape. Whether it’s gigabit data rates, real-time connections, or separate networks for our customers,” said Malik Rao, Head of Technology and Information at Telefónica Deutschland / O2. Businesses – With the standalone 5G network, we are greatly expanding the field of digital play.
By the summer of 2021, the focus is on making the new 5G core network available nationwide in all of its data centers.
The carrier also claims to be the first German network operator to bring manufacturer-independent Open RAN technology from lab into live O2. Open RAN sites in Landsberg am Lech – Germany’s first open RAN city – have been broadcast since December 2020. From fall 2021, O2 will switch other sites to Open RAN.