Deutsche Telekom commissions almost 300 new mobile base stations
Jun 22, 2018
06-22-2018 Markus Jodl
- LTE population coverage increases to 94.4 percent
- 163,000 additional customers can access LTE network
- Check coverage on telekom.de/schneller (German only)
Deutsche Telekom is driving forward network expansion in Germany faster than any other company. It is doing so with fixed-network and mobile communications. In urban centers and rural areas. Just under 300 new mobile base stations recently went into service in Germany. Deutsche Telekom aggregated, modernized the network and filled gaps. New locations are integrated every two months. Almost five and a half thousand new services (GSM, UMTS and LTE) were incorporated into the network this time. 163,000 additional customers can now access Deutsche Telekom’s LTE network. Population coverage increased by 0.2 percentage points to the current 94.4 percent.
“Focusing solely on fixed-network expansion when it comes to the gigabit society is a short-sighted approach,” says Walter Goldenits, Chief Technology Officer at Telekom Deutschland. “With respect to 5G we cannot afford to ease up with mobile communications expansion. We must continue to drive infrastructure expansion forward. Deutsche Telekom is the leader in Germany when it comes to expanding networks. We do not talk. We build.”
Customers can look up on www.telekom.de/schneller (German only) whether they stand to gain from the expansion. The advisors at Telekom shops and specialist outlets, as well as at the free hotline (0800 330 1000) can also provide further assistance.
Outlook for mobile communications
Deutsche Telekom will raise the number of mobile base stations in Germany from 27,000 in 2017 to 36,000 in 2021. This expansion will help Deutsche Telekom fill the gaps in mobile communications and increase bandwidths. 94 percent of the population can already use Deutsche Telekom’s LTE network. This percentage is set to increase to 98 percent by 2019.
This expansion is an important component for the future 5G network. 5G is the standard for communications in the future. It combines fixed-network and mobile communications. Deutsche Telekom plays an important role in the development of this global standard.
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