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 are a total of 129 5G antennae across the country transmitting genuine 5G broadband, that is, bandwidths of 1 Gb/s and more. Some 66 antennae in Berlin’s Mitte district form the largest continuous 5G coverage area in Germany, at around six square kilometers. Deutsche Telekom is gradually expanding its 5G network clusters in these five major cities so that larger areas can be served and not just isolated spots around individual antennae. The aim is to provide maximum coverage so customers can enjoy the best network.
5G locations for 2019
Hamburg and Leipzig are also to benefit from 5G by the end of 2019. In total, there are plans to install more than 300 antennae 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, and 5G will then be rolled out to more cities. 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.”
The technical requirements in the 5G rollout
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.
5G in Berlin
In Berlin, there are already 66 antennae transmitting in line with the new communication standard, serving the districts of Schöneberg, Mitte, and Kreuzberg. Over the next 18 months, Berlin’s 5G network is set to grow continuously, spreading in the west of the city from Charlottenburg and Ku’damm all the way to the Messe Berlin exhibition center. In the east and north, Deutsche Telekom is extending the area to cover Alexanderplatz and the government district toward Prenzlauer Berg and the Charité university hospital. The focus for 5G in Germany’s capital is to serve the city center with its tourist hotspots, such as Potsdamer Platz. In the south, areas such as Adlershof Technology Park are to benefit from 5G supplied by Deutsche Telekom.
5G in Cologne
As the IFA trade show starts, there are 12 new antennae providing 5G coverage in Cologne. During the first stage, the Deutz side of the Rhine, including parts of the exhibition grounds, is being covered. Another site is transmitting in Ehrenfeld. The aim for the coming months and years is to establish a ring of infrastructure in the city center. Planned expansion in Cologne is to take place in the entire city center with its shopping streets and residential areas, as well as the MediaPark, the Deutz side of the Rhine around the exhibition center, and the promenades on both sides of the Rhine. By the end of 2019, Deutsche Telekom will set up a total of 90 antennae in Cologne alone.
5G in Munich
In Munich, the initial focus is on 5G for business. The first nine antennae are transmitting in Milbertshofen, between Frankfurter Ring and Petuelpark. By the end of the year, 5G is also to be available at BMW Park and in the Unterföhring media center, bringing the number of antennae to around 50. Deutsche Telekom is planning to head into Munich city center with its next expansion stage in 2020.
5G in Bonn
There are 24 antennae in total serving Bonn while the IFA trade show takes place. The focus at the beginning is on one commercial district along with leisure use in the evenings and at weekends. The first antennae to go into operation are also 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 antennae in Bonn, bringing the total to more than 40.
5G in Darmstadt
The 5G rollout in Darmstadt has started with test areas around the Deutsche Telekom sites there. The network, which currently comprises 18 antennae, 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.
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