The 5G transmitters that Vodafone already operates, the company has so far only been able to operate at reduced speed. Up to 500 Mbit / s were common. The reason: the company was only allowed to use some of the frequencies acquired at auction last year. It had acquired Vodafone from O2 in 2018. The supervisory authority first had to approve the use of the additional frequencies acquired at auction.
Now it has happened. A larger frequency spectrum automatically means more capacity and therefore higher data throughput. According to Vodafone, the company can now use 5G transmitters to send maximum speeds of up to 1 Gbit / s over the air “depending on location.” This data rate is shared by all users using the same antenna segment. However, at the moment there are not many.
Expansion of existing channels has already begun
Vodafone technicians are now bringing existing 5G stations to full capacity and new antennas will be installed at full capacity. “5G will continue to gain speed in 2020”, is sure the head of Vodafone Germany, Hannes Ametsreiter. “This year we are turning on the turbo with 5G, accelerating our network and expanding it. Wherever gigabit is needed, we bring gigabit. ”
According to its own information, Vodafone already operates 5G antennas in 50 cities and towns. Now additional frequencies must be configured for them. Work has already begun, so the first 80 antennas will deliver the gigabit this week. They are located in Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Dortmund, Karlsruhe, Frankfurt am Main and Mainz, among others.
5G is expected to reach 10 million people by the end of the year
Vodafone wants to reach around 500,000 people with 5G by the end of March. There are also 5G projects in the industry, for example at Airbus, Thales, e.GO Mobile or Total. By the end of 2020, Vodafone wants to make the new generation of mobile communications available to 10 million people. By the end of 2021, 5G should be available to 20 million people.
On its fixed cable network, Vodafone increased the reach of its gigabit offering to 17 million homes last week, while dramatically reducing the price.