Vodafone Germany launched its 5G SA network in partnership with Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and OPPO

Vodafone Germany’s 5G Standalone (5G SA) network is currently available to nearly 10 million people across the country, the telco said in a release.

The German airline said 4,000 antennas already support 5G SA technology.

Vodafone also said 5G SA will be activated across the company’s 5G footprint and reach nationwide coverage by 2025.

The company also said its 5G network is already reaching 45 million people across the country. The telco also said its 5G network is expected to be available to 60 million people by 2023.

“We are now launching 5G+ (5G SA) for millions of customers and with more and more popular smartphones, with a technology mix of different 5G frequencies. By 2025, we will bring state-of-the-art 5G to almost everyone in Germany,” said Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of Vodafone Germany.

Last year, Vodafone Germany launched its 5G Standalone (SA) network in collaboration with Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and OPPO.

For the 5G expansion, Vodafone is relying on frequencies in the 3.6 GHz, 1.8 GHz and 700 MHz bands in major urban, residential and suburban areas, and rural areas across Germany.

Vodafone previously said it was installing new 5G antennas from technology partner Ericsson in its 5G network, which transmit data in a significantly more energy-efficient way. Compared to previous antenna technology, about 40% energy can be saved when transmitting data. Vodafone has tested 150 of these 5G antennas and aims to convert 900 5G antennas to this energy-saving technology by the end of the current fiscal year.

Vodafone initially launched its 5G network in Germany in 2019, on 3.5 GHz frequencies which it acquired from Telefónica in 2018.

Rival operator Deutsche Telekom previously said it expects to launch its 5G Standalone network in the country, subject to technology usage scenarios and device availability.

Deutsche Telekom said a total of more than 63,000 antennas are already broadcasting 5G across the country. The European telco noted that it currently has more than 4,000 5G antennas in use in the 3.6GHz band, already benefiting more than 180 cities and towns.

Deutsche Telekom currently uses two frequencies for 5G. The 3.6 GHz frequency allows the fastest download speeds. This super-fast 5G is mainly used in densely populated regions. In addition, Telekom uses the longer wave 2.1 GHz frequency.

In the course of this year, Deutsche Telekom also plans to use its 700 MHz frequencies for the delivery of 5G services.

The telco began rolling out its 5G network in a limited number of cities across Germany in early July 2019.

According to the latest available data from the Bundesnetzagentur, more than 53% of the German territory is covered by at least one provider providing 5G from the end of October 2021.

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