Telefonica Germany will deploy 60 portable radio stations for 5G
Telefonica Germany said its 5G network has around 10,000 antennas in the country
German operator O2 Telefónica said it was ready to start operating 60 new mobile radio stations, enabling the operator to provide customers with additional 4G/2G capabilities as well as 5G on 3.6 GHz. as required.
“With our 5G mobile towers, we have significantly expanded our fleet of mobile radio trailers and equipped it with state-of-the-art network technology,” said Mallik Rao, Chief Technology and Information Officer at O2 Telefónica. “As part of our nationwide 5G rollout, we have invested a double-digit $1 million in the acquisition and technical upgrade of these stations so that we can improve the network experience for our O2 customers from even more flexible way.”
The German operator noted that these mobile radio trailers can operate in the 700 MHz-3.6 GHz frequency range. They offer O2 customers 2G for mobile telephony, 4G capacities (800 MHz, 1.8 GHz, 2.1 GHz and 2.6 GHz) and 5G reception (700 MHz and 3.6 GHz) for data mobiles.
The company also noted that these mobile radio masts are usually erected as a short-term site replacement and do not require any building permits from regional authorities.
Each mobile radio trailer consists of a container with the corresponding network technology and an antenna mast. This equipment requires an electrical connection although the stations can be supplied with electricity independently via mobile generators.
Once deployed, O2 network engineers and system technology specialists take care of setting up the transmitter mast and connecting it to the O2 core network via the directional radio.
Last month, the telecom operator said its 5G network had around 10,000 antennas in the country, delivering 5G services to more than a third of Germany’s population.
The operator also said it has already deployed more than 5,000 5G antennas in the 3.6 GHz frequency. By the end of this year, the carrier aims to reach 50% of the German population with 5G technology, while nationwide 5G coverage is planned by the end of 2025.
In Munich, the telco already provides more than 80% of the population with 5G at 3.6 GHz. A total of around 500 5G antennas are currently broadcasting on this high-speed frequency in the Bavarian capital. Also in Stuttgart and Nuremberg, O2 provides more than 80% of the population with 5G on 3.6 GHz. In Cologne and Bonn, 5G coverage reaches 75% of the population, while coverage in Berlin, Hamburg and Essen already reaches more than half of the population.
Telefónica Deutschland said it was technically ready to deploy a nationwide standalone 5G network, but noted that the infrastructure will be fully activated as soon as standalone 5G offers real value to customers and a sufficient number devices on the market will support 5G SA.