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Vodafone with 7,000 more mobile expansion projects

Vodafone is expanding its mobile network offensive. The digitalization group announces much earlier than planned: 5G from Vodafone is now available to 25 million people. And the expansion continues: For the new financial year, the Düsseldorfers are announcing the implementation of more than 7,000 mobile phone construction projects, including 3,000 5G projects to activate 9,000 antennas for the fifth generation of mobile communications. At an increasing and more locations, Vodafone is also putting the 5G antennas on its own and also connecting them to the 5G infrastructure in the core network: 5G standalone. In addition, Vodafone will be redeploying former 3G frequencies, with which Vodafone will be providing even more LTE at 18,000 mobile stations from summer onwards.

“Stable nets are more important than ever to stay in touch with our loved ones and with our work colleagues. A glance at our network shows that people are again taking more time to make phone calls. Each call takes an average of more than three minutes – 35 seconds longer than a year ago. Video calls and streaming caused almost 40 percent more data to rush through our network,” said Vodafone Germany CEO Hannes Ametsreiter. “Our networks have always lived up to the high load. And we will continue to improve the quality. In the new financial year, we are building additional stations where there are still annoying radio holes. We turn off 3G to free up even more space for LTE. And we are the first provider in Germany to turn 5G into a real-time commercial network in more and more locations – completely independent of the existing LTE infrastructure,” says Ametsreiter.

Vodafone plans to launch around 4,000 LTE construction projects in order to bring the fast mobile network to where it is not yet available or with limited capacity. Vodafone is expanding, especially in rural areas. In addition, there is the large-scale reassignment of 3G frequencies, which will also be used for LTE at 18,000 mobile locations from June. For customers with their smartphones, this means even more space on the faster LTE data highway. Vodafone has already made this change in Mainz, Wiesbaden and Chemnitz. This brings each individual on average higher bandwidths in everyday life. Vodafone already reaches more than 99 percent of all people in Germany where they live with LTE.

Demand for 5G is growing noticeably: today, almost 40 times more data rushes through Vodafone’s 5G network every day than it did a year ago. trend is rising sharply. At 5G, Vodafone is therefore announcing more than 3,000 projects to live 9,000 additional 5G antennas (a mobile site usually has three antennas). By 2021, more than 30 million people will be able to use 5G where they live and spend their daily lives. Vodafone had originally announced that it would reach around 20 million people with 5G by the end of 2021.

Now the digitalization group announces: “Our 5G network is growing even faster. In the past few days, our technicians have connected hundreds more 5G antennas to the grid. Today, our 5G network is already available to almost one in three German citizens where they spend their daily lives. We are now reaching more than 25 million people with 5G – this year there will be more than 30 million,” says Ametsreiter. In total, Vodafone has already launched more than 10,000 5G antennas at more than 3,000 locations. In the past financial year, the number of people reaching Düsseldorfers with 5G in Germany has increased twenty-fold.  CT Bureau

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