Telefonica Deutschland announced plans to test a 5G fixed-wireless broadband service in Germany, using equipment from Samsung. Up to 20 households in Hamburg will test the gigabit technology from November over a period of three months.
Samsung is supplying equipment using the 26 GHz band, similar to the service just launched by the company with Verizon in the US. The company said the system can enable speeds of “several gigabits per second” over the last mile. Samsung is providing a virtual core and 5G radio access unit as well as 5G outdoor units and indoor routers for the Telefonica customers.
Telefonica said the system offers “an attractive alternative to current technologies in Germany”. The aim of the trial is to show that households and businesses can be supplied with high-quality gigabit connections for an optimal customer experience without the need for laying fibre-optic cables.
To date, Telefonica Deutschland has not entered the fibre market in Germany. The company relies on wholesale access to Deutsche Telekom’s VDSL network to provide fixed broadband services. However, amid a shrinking fixed customer base, Telefonica has increasingly focused on the mobile market since its merger with E-Plus in 2014. – Telecom Paper