Deutsche Telekom came up with its 5G mobile network gone live in five of the German cities, as announced the company on the opening day of the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin last week, a move of the German carrier selecting that event as an opportunity to get most out of the much-faster network’s launch.
The carrier, which is the leading player in the German market, paid 2.2 billion euros ($2.5 billion) for winning the 5G spectrum in a recently held auction and the telecom regulator of the country has just made the 3.6 Gigahertz band available to carriers that will power the Deutsche Telekom’s initial 5G mobile network service offering.
The German operator is now providing the cities of Munich, Bonn, Darmstadt, Cologne and Berlin with local 5G services having a speed of up to 1 gigabit per second, a speed which will take few seconds to download higher amounts of data such as downloading a movie on to a smartphone.
Other cities that have been slated by the company to launch 5G services this year are Leipzig and Hamburg, with plans to expand that coverage to 20 more German cities by next year, Deutsche Telekom said in a statement.
The company is bringing 5G to the German streets and will become conversant with the needs of our customers. Deutsche Telekom will target the place with great demand for data, said Walter Goldenits, Telekom’s chief technology officer.
Deutsche Telekom’s rival Vodafone is also announced to be rolling out its 5G services in Germany and is challenging it with cheaper data prices.
The world’s biggest consumer electronics fair of IFA held at Berlin in midst when suppliers and makers are anticipating 5G as a factor that could be boosting up their business as they are passing through a sales-declining period this year because of the trade tensions between China and the United States.