By using additional frequency bands, the company is increasing the available 4G/LTE capacities. In this way, even more customers are benefiting in parallel from ever better mobile data rates. For this purpose, the company is also increasingly using frequency spectrum that it previously used to operate the 3G (UMTS) standard. The company will therefore switch off 3G technology
, which is now getting on in years, by the end of 2021 and use the freed-up frequency spectrum instead for the significantly more powerful 4G/LTE standard.
In addition, the company will continue to focus on 4G/LTE roll-out in rural regions as well as on continuously improving coverage along key transport infrastructures such as freeways, federal highways and train lines. Telefónica Deutschland is gradually closing the remaining coverage gaps so that customers benefit from the fast 4G/LTE network wherever possible.
Currently, Telefónica Deutschland is also driving forward the expansion of the 5G mobile communications standard in particular with massive investments: after initially launching the 5G standard in the five largest German cities of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt in October 2020, the company ignited the 5G expansion turbo
in 2021. By the end of 2021, 30 percent of the population will already benefit from 5G, and by 2025 customers throughout Germany.
Network coverage at a glance
|GSM coverage throughout Germany: just under 100%|
|4G/LTE coverage throughout Germany: more than 99%|
|5G coverage: more than 30 percent of the German population by the end of 2021, nationwide by 2025|