The whole world …
The news, the weather report, and the biggest dictionary in the world. All our favorite series, our entire music collection, and the contents of our bookshelf. Family photos and posts from our loved ones. Street maps from all over the world. What do all these things have in common? Thanks to the worldwide web, we have them with us all the time – no matter where we are.
... together online
We operate the largest fiber-optic network in Europe – with around 650 000 kilometers in Germany only (end of 2021).
Superfast fiber-optic cables
Through the air
We wish it were a thing of the dim and distant past – the mobile coverage gap. By the end of 2021, we were able to provide 99 percent of households in Germany with fast LTE – more than any other network provider. The remaining gaps are to be filled as quickly as possible. To achieve that, we aim to get more than 1 500 new cell sites up and running each year. That’s sometimes easier said than done, though, because building or legal regulations mean masts cannot be erected everywhere they are required. To close the final gaps in the mobile network, we are using various levers:
To expand the network infrastructure more quickly and cost-effectively, we are sharing mobile masts with our competitors.
Seamlessly surfing on the train
In partnership with Deutschen Bahn, we want to close the coverage gaps in our mobile network along the rails of the entire DB rail network by 2026. As a result, train passengers will be able to make phone calls and surf the web without interruptions in the future.
In 2019, we set up a mobile mast for the first time in the Bavarian town of Dettelbach that uses carbon-neutral electricity from a fuel cell. Power supply is often a problem at remote locations. This solution will be able to help in the future to close mobile coverage gaps in a climate-friendly way.
As of the end of 2021, Telekom’s 5G network has been available for over 90 percent of German households – that’s 74 million people. T-Mobile US has likewise expanded its 5G network leadership, delivering 5G speeds to broad swaths of the United States with the largest national 5G network. At www.telekom.de/netzausbau, you can see where 5G is already available in Germany.
5G on its way
What we need for 5G
Rolling out a new technology over a wider area is always pioneering work. For us as a society to benefit from the advantages of the new technology as best we can, three things in particular are needed:
We will continue to invest heavily in building out 5G infrastructure. To provide the best coverage in Germany, we currently use two frequencies for 5G. By the end of 2021, 5G was available on the fast, short-wave 3.6 GHz frequency in more than 140 cities. Furthermore, we use the longer wavelength 2.1 GHz frequency in rural areas, ensuring that the fast, shortwave and the long-range, longwave 5G frequencies optimally complement each other.
The applicable safety standards must be observed in order to be able to establish a technology in Germany. Our sites comply with the legally specified thresholds.
A mammoth task such as launching 5G cannot be done alone. That is why we are working closely with our partners and local municipalities. Together with research institutes, industry, and local municipalities, we also are trying out innovative application scenarios.
Vienna: The gigabit city
Achieving sustainability goals
We address the sustainability goals and report Deutsche Telekom’s commitment to achieving these goals in 2021. More information can be found here.