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Telefónica has the worst LTE coverage, the company admits with its own information on network coverage. But the competition is not perfect either.


For the most part, Telekom and Vodafone, according to their own information, achieve LTE coverage of at least 50 Mbit / s to almost 100% in all federal states. The result is clearly different with Telefónica, the network known as O2 has to accept a bitter defeat against the competition. But not only that, with its network expansion, the third German network operator is also exceeding the coverage requirements. The Federal Network Agency will verify the information provided by the network operator with its own measures.

The end result is that Telefónica supplies LTE 50, according to its own information, to only 84.3% of the federal territory, while Telekom reaches 98.1% and Vodafone even 98.6%. Depending on the supply requirements, at least 98% should be achieved. Telefónica is far behind on federal highways and rails. Here, an offer of just under 80% is achieved, while the competition covers 95% and more. According to the supply requirements, 100% must be achieved for this.

LTE on rail and highway: worse than in the country.

“The mobile network operators Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG, Telekom Deutschland GmbH and Vodafone GmbH have presented their reports on the fulfillment of the coverage requirements of the 2015 auction. The coverage requirements foresee a coverage with a data rate minimum of 50 Mbit per antenna sector. In addition, the main traffic routes must be fully stocked. The Federal Network Agency will now verify this information. “

Telefónica says that it would like to have fulfilled the coverage requirements by the end of the current year.

If you travel a lot and that is nationwide, the Telefónica network is therefore a bad choice. Those who generally only stay in one place and are satisfied with their network should have no reason to change. Both points must be considered. However, the network operators have to endure criticism, Telefónica more than the others.