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O2 provides 50% of the population with 5G

2022 expansion target reached early

News / Tim Metzger
Photo: Henning Koepke / Telefónica Germany

According to its own statement, O2 Telefónica has already achieved its expansion target by the end of 2022 in June. The O2 5G network should now reach 50% of Germany’s population. The network operator wants to expand this to at least 60 percent by the end of the year.

Three years ago, 5G mobile communications were given the green light in Germany. Since then, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Telefónica and more recently 1 & 1 Drillisch have expanded their networks accordingly. O2 Telefónica has announced that it has covered 50% of the population with 5G mobile connections since June. O2 originally set this target for the end of 2022. Step up at least 60 percent of the recent population Until the end of the year targeted. In March, O2 called coverage around 40 percent.

By the end of 2025, the network operator would like to introduce 5G to the entire population. Currently, over 99 percent are supplied with 4G/LTE networks and nearly 100 percent with 2G/GSM – 3G/UMTS has been discontinued in the course of 5G expansion at the end of 2021. However, it should be noted that population coverage is not the same as coverage Region. Network operators rarely comment on this, since full coverage of the area will not be possible.

Infographic on obstacles to the expansion of mobile communications as of October 2019 (Photo: Telefónica)

5G usage in O2 has increased rapidly

According to O2, the volume of data transmitted via 5G increased between the second quarter of 2021 and the second quarter of 2022 by factor 30 high. Currently working More than 14,000 5G antennas in the O2 . networkAccording to the official statement. It sends about 6000 of them in the fast 3.6GHz spectrum.

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For better network coverage, the frequency band is 700MHz and Dynamic spectrum sharing at 1800 MHz. The latter transmits LTE and 5G simultaneously in a single frequency band and can be implemented at low cost in existing transmission masts. However, O2 should continue to focus on the 3.6GHz spectrum.


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