According to foreign media reports, the existing 5G test network of Deutsche Telecom (mainly in Berlin, the capital of Germany, and Bonn, the headquarters of Deutsche Telecom) will be open to all the public. By the end of this year, Deutsche Telecom will launch 5G network in four other cities. By the end of 2020, 20 cities in Germany will have 5G network coverage.
Download speeds on 5G networks are much faster than existing 4G services, while latency (or response time) is reduced to several milliseconds. It can provide enough data transmission capability for multiplayer video games, and can also run billions of devices and sensors connected to the industrial Internet of Things.
According to foreign media reports, Deutsche Telecom offered 2.17 billion euros ($2.45 billion) last month to buy 130 MHz 5G radio frequency resources from government regulators.
In the German telecommunications market, Deutsche Telecom competes with existing operators Spanish Telecom Germany and Vodafone Group, while the new market participant 1&1 Drillisch has also acquired frequency resources to participate in the market competition as the fourth national mobile operator.
Deutsche Telecom, a part of the state-owned market leader, complained that the high cost of the frequency resource auction was left behind.
But Claudia Nemat, the company's technology director, said at a news conference Wednesday that it could still invest 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) in building its mobile network infrastructure this year.
Germany lags behind South Korea and the United States in introducing 5G communications services.
Vodafone Group also said Wednesday it will launch 5G networks in seven cities in the UK and will continue to invest in the launch of 5G networks with the goal of covering at least 8 million consumers by 2021.
It is reported that Deutsche Telecom and China Huawei have cooperated on the 5G pilot network in Berlin and its opening to the public.
The German government did not exclude any telecom equipment manufacturers in the construction of 5G network, but strengthened the security regulations for all equipment suppliers. For its part, Deutsche Telecom is continuing to evaluate its supplier strategy and has said it is in close contact with regulators and the government.
The three major German mobile operators are Huawei's customers, and industry sources say they are eager to develop relationships with the Chinese supplier on the basis of existing 5G technology.
Deutsche Telekom will immediately provide early users with smartphones that support 5G, that is, Samsung Galaxy S105G smartphones for 900 euros ($1017).
Deutsche Telecom's other unlimited data package costs 85 euros a month.
The company is also promoting HTC's mobile 5G hot devices in Taiwan, China. The device can provide up to Gigabit Internet speed, and each hot device can support 20 mobile devices. The price of the hot equipment is 556 euros, and the monthly package fee for the unlimited data package is 75 euros.
According to foreign media reports, Deutsche Telecom will launch 300 5G antennas or base stations this year, utilizing its latest purchase of 35 gigahertz frequency resources that are most suitable for urban coverage.
More broadly, the company will continue to build 2,000 new 5G base stations a year, with a total number of 36,000 by the end of 2021, to meet the coverage requirements of government network regulators for communication networks (i.e., equivalent to the current coverage density of 4,000 gigabytes). (Tencent Technology Revision/Chengxi)