Telekom is now using a new frequency in its 5G network: 700 megahertz (MHz). Thanks to this, Telekom improves the coverage of mobile communications in rural areas. More customers can now surf the Internet faster at the same time. Ten megahertz of additional bandwidth is available exclusively for 5G. This ensures short download times. More than 3,000 antennas transmit 5G at 700 MHz. This corresponds to approximately 1100 antenna locations.
“During the expansion, the use of the 700 MHz frequency for 5G is the logical continuation of our spectrum strategy: we want to offer our customers the best network anytime and anywhere. This way we reach even more people across the country with fast internet and improved 5G coverage in rural areas is how we create real value for our customers,” said Walter Goldenits, Chief Technology Officer at Deutsche Telekom.
An antenna on the 700 MHz frequency forms a large radio cell that reaches a radius of five to ten kilometers depending on geographical conditions. In an evolutionary way, Telekom also brings the latest mobile radio standard to areas with little or no reception. A radio cell is the area that an antenna covers with its radio signals.
5G coverage of indoor spaces
With the new frequency, Telekom’s 5G signals have the potential to provide better indoor coverage. The 700 MHz frequency has a significantly longer wavelength than previous 5G frequencies. Long wave frequencies can basically penetrate buildings and walls better.
Three frequencies now transmit with 5G in the Deutsche Telekom network. In addition to the 700 MHz frequency, there are two other radio bands: 2.1 gigahertz (GHz) and 3.6 GHz. Using different frequencies, each with different characteristics, makes the whole 5G network more powerful.
Faster mobile internet with 5G
In Germany, 92% of people can use 5G. More than 67,000 5G antennas broadcast on Telekom’s network. On the 3.6 GHz band, 5G is available in more than 400 cities and towns. All sites transmitting on the 3.6 GHz and 700 MHz frequencies also support the latest 5G standalone technology. They are connected in parallel to both the existing core network and the standalone 5G core network. This network does not require LTE technology. 8,000 Telekom antennas can transmit signals with 5G Standalone.
Many devices are already compatible with the new 700 MHz frequency. These include smartphones from Xiaomi, Oppo and the Fairphone 4. The SAMSUNG Galaxy S22 series also supports the new frequency.