Germany Telecom announced that it will push 5G network in Germany and cover 20 cities next year
According to foreign media reports, in the 5G commercial aspect, Germany's progress is slower than that of European countries such as UK, Spain, Italy, etc., but it is also accelerating the commercialization of 5G. After the auction of 5G spectrum last month, Germany Telecom announced that they will launch 5G commercial network in Germany and cover 20 cities by the end of next year before the competitor
Germany Telecom announced that they will launch 5G commercial network on Wednesday local time, and its German business director Dirk Woessner announced the news at a press conference in Berlin.
Dirk Worthner said at the press conference that their goal is to widely promote 5G, and consumers can use their 5G services as soon as possible.
According to foreign media reports, Germany Telecom will open their 5G trial network in Berlin and headquarters in Bonn. This year, 5G networks will be launched in other four cities. By the end of next year, their 5G network will cover 20 cities in Germany.
Germany Telecom is the first telecom operator to announce the launch of 5G network in Germany. Other companies that is going to launch 5G network in Germany are Spain Telecom, Vodafone and Drillisch 1&1 from the German joint network, the latter is a newcomer.
Germany launched the 5G spectrum auction on March 18 this year. The four companies involved in the auction were Germany Telecom, Spain Telecom, Vodafone and Drillisch 1&1 from the German joint network.
In the last month, the German 5G spectrum auction results were released. Four telecom operators participating in the auction spent a total of 6.6 billion euros (amounted 7.4 billion US dollars) to obtain a total of 420MHz spectrum between 2GHz and 3.6GHz. Germany Telecom took 130MHz 5G spectrum by 2.17 billion euros, Vodafone took another 130MHz 5G spectrum by 1.88 billion euros, Spain Telecom Germany branch took 0MHz by 1.42 billion euros, and Drillisch 1&1 took 70MHz 5G spectrum by 1.07 billion euros.
Germany Telecom, which paid a high price for 5G spectrum auctions, had previously complained that the 5G spectrum auction price was too high, which may affect the operator's investment in network upgrades, but its technical director Claudia Neimai said at a press conference on Wednesday that they still have the ability to invest 5 billion euros (about 5.6 billion US dollars) in network infrastructure construction this year.
Germany currently falls behind South Korea and the United States in 5G commercialization, and also slower than European countries such as the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy in developing. South Korea and the United States have launched commercial 5G networks in April this year. South Korea launched its 5G service for enterprise users in December last year and the one for consumers was launched in April this year.
In European countries, EE, a subsidiary of BT, launched 5G commercial network in London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester on May 30 this year. Vodafone has launched 5G commercial network in seven British cities including London in the same day announcing in Germany that it will launch 5G network in Germany. Vodafone, which participated in the German 5G spectrum auction, also launched 5G commercial network in Spain last month. Vodafone Spain branch has launched 5G networks in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Zaragoza, Bilbao, Victoria, San Sebastian, La Coruña, Vigo, Gijon, Pamplona, Log, Rono and Santander.