German carrier Deutsche Telekom has expanded its mobile network at 1,055 locations nationwide over the last five weeks, the telco said in a release.
In addition to the approximately 350 5G locations that transmit at 3.6 GHz, a further 152 locations with 5G have been upgraded to 2.1 GHz, the telco said.
In addition, Deutsche Telekom has created additional LTE capacities at 354 locations, while 199 new LTE sites were built. The telco said that a total of 100,000 mobile antennas are currently transmitting nationwide on various frequencies.
The European operator said that its current LTE household coverage is 99% while 91% of households can already access to the telco’s 5G network.
Walter Goldenits, managing director of Technology at Telekom Deutschland, said: “More than 32,000 locations are currently transmitting in the Telekom network. In addition, we put more than 1,500 new locations into operation every year. In addition, there are LTE and 5G expansions at thousands of existing locations. As part of our massive expansion activities, 5G will become the new standard in Telekom’s mobile network.”
Goldenits previously said that Deutsche Telekom expects to launch its 5G Standalone (SA) network in the country, depending on the use cases for the technology as well as the availability of devices.
Deutsche Telekom currently uses two frequencies for 5G. The 3.6 GHz frequency enables the fastest download speeds. This high-speed 5G is mainly used in densely populated regions. In addition, Telekom uses the longer-wave 2.1 GHz frequency.
During the course of this year, Deutsche Telekom also wants to use its 700 MHz frequencies for the provision of 5G services.