Zwei Sendemasten mit Antennen in einem Waldgebiet

More LTE, fewer dead spots: Telekom is building more transmitter masts

Zwei Sendemasten mit Antennen in einem Waldgebiet

The 50 winners of Telekom’s campaign “We’re chasing deadlocks” have been announced. And at the same time, Telekom announced: Due to the great popularity, the number of winners will double. With this, Telekom wants to reward the enthusiasm and commitment of the municipalities. Because unlike usual, Telekom did not approach the municipality and ask for a location. This time, the municipalities had to think it over and send the locations to Telekom, including a council resolution.


Transmitting masts should be broadcast this year

“We have an interest and the municipalities have an interest, and the result is: one less dead zone,” said Director of Telecommunications Technology Walter Goldenits. The first broadcast masts for this campaign should begin airing within the first half of 2020. The first 50 transmitters should be fully completed by the end of the year, and the second batch should at least begin. This means that the masts could be built in a year. This process usually takes two to three years.

Telekom plans to announce the winners of the second tranche in April. Now there were the municipalities from the first impulse.

Top 50 LTE Winners

Baden-Württemberg: Bad Schönborn, Grenzach-Wyhlen

Bavaria: Dettelbach, Engelthal, Bad Königshofen im Grabfeld, Markt Erlbach, Markt Simbach, Markt Triftern, Mellrichstadt, Rohr, Schwarzenbach

Brandenburg: Milower Land, Plattenburg, Sonnenberg

Hesse: Büttelborn, Elz, Grebenhain, Hadamar

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Property, never in

Lower Saxony: Burgwedel OT Fuhrberg, Göttingen, Krebeck, Salzbergen, Samtgemeinde Hage, Stemmen

North Rhine-Westphalia: Huertgenwald, Olsberg, Westerkappeln

Rhineland-Palatinate: Bell, Bellheim, Breitscheid / Perscheid, Ernzen, Hottenbach, Lieg, Norken, Sinzig, Vielbach, Welling

Saar: Nohfelden, Nonnweiler

Saxony: Aue-Bad Schlema OT Alberoda

Saxony-Anhalt: Harzgerode, Osterfeld, Südharz OT Kleinleinungen

Schleswig-Holstein: Handewitt, Kronprinzenkoog

Thuringia: Abtsbessingen, Bad Salzungen OT Frauensee, Heilbad Heiligenstadt OT Flinsberg

Municipalities such as Sonnenberg in Brandenburg, which suggested multiple locations, are treated as winners, although Telekom is expanding three locations in the municipality with LTE. If multiple advertised dead spots can be supplied with a new construction site, this also counts as a single winner. This is the case in the communities of Perscheid and Breitscheid in Rhineland-Palatinate. With the planned mast in the Gabolshausen district of the Bavarian city of Bad Königshofen im Grabfeld, it is expected that even four deadlocks in the districts of Althausen, Aub, Gabolshausen and Untereßfeld can be closed.

In the first municipalities, LTE mobile towers should be online in the first half of 2020. The first 50 dead spots should be closed by the end of 2020. Construction work will also start the second 50 in 2020. Deutsche Telekom will appoint the 50 additional winners in April.

250 applications disappear empty-handed, for now

In recent weeks, however, more than 100 municipalities have also received a rejection of their application for “Wir hagen Funköcher”. However, the reason is positive for the municipalities. As part of Telekom’s national expansion program, you will receive a new cell phone location anyway. Some of these municipalities also managed to accelerate the construction of cell phone sites. However, around a fifth of the applications did not meet the participation requirements. In some cases, the requests were incomplete, the proposed locations were not suitable, or the connection to the location was not feasible.

In the end, there were 350 full and potentially achievable applications, of which 100 are now being rolled out. The other 250 are initially empty. But chief technology officer Goldenits promises that solutions will be found for all feasible applications, but probably only in the next few years.

At Telekom, the radio network planners decide whether a location is feasible or not. They verify the suitability of the location and the number of households they are supplying. Telekom also has to check whether the mast can be inexpensively connected, either with fiber optics or with radio relay. Telekom has documented exactly how this works on video.