Deutsche Telekom Delivers 5G to 85% of Germany
is right on track with its 5G and FTTH rollout. Srini Gopalan,
member of the Telekom Board of Management responsible for business
in Germany, and Walter Goldenits, Telekom's Head of Technology in
Germany, provided information in Bonn on the progress of network
expansion. Since the beginning of the year, the company has offered
430,000 new FTTH connections. Telekom's new 5G mobile network can
already be used by 85 percent of people in Germany. They also
provided information on the status of reconstruction in the flooded
areas. According to current planning, Telekom will rely on fiber
optics for reconstruction in 17 parts of communities that were
severely affected by the floods and will connect around 35,000
households directly to its fiber network.
Fiber roll-out making
One focus here is on
rural areas. Telekom intends to significantly step up its expansion
activities here in the coming years. "In communities with fewer than
20,000 inhabitants, the digital infrastructure is often not as well
developed as in the big cities. That is why we want to implement at
least eight million fiber connections in rural areas by 2030. Fiber
rollout is a highly complex local business. That is why open dialog
with local authorities and their decision-makers is so important to
us. That is also one reason why we are increasingly shifting
responsibilities and decision-making authority from Bonn to the
regions," says Srini Gopalan.
A total of 55,000
antennas are now transmitting with 5G in Telekom's mobile network.
This means that 85 percent of citizens can already use the new
mobile communications standard. Telekom aims to exceed the 90
percent mark by the end of the year. 5G on the ultra-fast 3.6 GHz
frequency band is now available in more than 60 cities. Over 2,400
antennas at a total of around 800 locations are ensuring that more
and more people can use high-speed 5G. New additions include the
cities of Bad Tölz, Gießen, Göttingen, Leverkusen, Mainz, Münster,
Oberhausen, Recklinghausen, Regensburg, Wuppertal and antennas in
the districts of Mayen Koblenz, Merzig Wadern, Mettmann, in the
Rhein Sieg Kreis and in the Rheinisch Bergischer Kreis. In addition,
Telekom has also put additional sites into operation in cities that
already have 5G coverage on the 3.6 GHz frequency. "For us, 5G is an
'and technology', not an 'or technology'. Our 5G approach is all
about speed and latency. So is urban and rural 5G. We combine
frequency bands. And we use the technologies in such a way that our
customers have the highest added value," explains Walter Goldenits.
With 5G Stand Alone, the infrastructure in the core network will also be fully upgraded to a new, cloud-based 5G architecture in the future. This further development of 5G is the prerequisite for new applications such as network slicing or edge computing.
flooded areas makes progress
it comes to reconstruction, speed is more important than perfection.
Temporary solutions are also being used. However, the infrastructure
is often so badly damaged that it has to be completely rebuilt.
Deutsche Telekom will directly extend fiber optics in the severely
affected areas. The company has so far identified 17 communities for
this purpose. These are: Ahrbrück, Altenahr, Antweiler, Bad
Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Bad Münstereifel (city center, commercial area,
Iversheim, Arloff), Kall (Sötenich, Urft), Schleiden/Schleiden-Gemünd,
Stolberg (center, Vicht), Dernau, Euskirchen-Schweinheim, Fuchshofen,
Hönningen, Insul Markt, Mayschoß, Rech, Schuld and Sinzig (city
center, Bad Bodendorf). All in all Telekom is talking about 35,000