In October 2018, Deutsche Telekom presented an eight-point program for developing a 5G network infrastructure. The aim in Germany is to cover 99 percent of the population and 90 percent of the country with 5G by 2025.
By the end of 2019, Deutsche Telekom’s 5G network was already operational in eight German cities – Berlin, Bonn, Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, Leipzig, and Munich. By the start of 2020, Deutsche Telekom had already built 450 5G antennae, with this figure set to reach four digits as the year progresses. We aim to operate over 1,500 5G antennae, including in all 16 German state capitals, by the end of 2020.
When it comes to the transition from LTE to 5G, the further expansion of LTE/LTE Advanced contributes to the future 5G infrastructure, because LTE is the basis for 5G and will remain an integral part of it. There will be no standalone version of 5G at the start. Instead, in line with the standardization and development plans, parts of the implementation of 5G will initially be mapped in LTE. Implementing 5G is an evolution: thanks to a fiber-optic connection, the SRAN (Single Radio Access Network) modernization which is currently underway, and new services such as LTE 900 or 4x4 MIMO, the 30,000 or so mobile sites in Germany will soon be ready, if they are not already, for the new standard and will be able to map initial 5G applications.