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.
Covering some 575,000 kilometers (end of 2020), we operate the largest fiber-optic network in Europe.
We wish it were a thing of the dim and distant past – the mobile coverage gap. By the end of 2020, we were able to provide 98.7 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 build more than 2,000 new mobile sites 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. In 2019, together with Telefónica Deutschland and Vodafone, we announced that we would jointly set up and use up to 6,000 new mobile sites.
In 2019, we launched the “Hunting down dead zones” campaign, which allowed municipalities with an LTE coverage gap to apply for one of 100 new mobile masts. The campaign’s first mobile masts are already in use in the winning municipalities. A further 180 applications are to be connected in the coming years as part of the planned expansion program.
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.
By the end of 2020, more than two thirds of the German population had access to the Deutsche Telekom 5G network – in 4,700 cities and municipalities. You can see where 5G is already available at www.telekom.de/netzausbau.
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 quickly as possible, three things in particular are needed:
For 5G, we are initially using 4G locations. You could say that 5G is “piggybacking” on LTE. But to do this, the existing infrastructure needs an upgrade – from replacing old components to switching to new system technology. As a whole, the mobile communications network will also be further expanded with new sites.
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.