Vodafone steps on the gas: 5G network is growing twice as fast as planned

Vodafone steps on the gas: 5G network is growing twice as fast as planned

At Vodafone you can be satisfied with the progress of the 5G network. According to CEO Ametsreiter, you have clearly beaten your own goals for the expansion. For Vodafone customers, the standalone operation should bring advantages.

Vodafone reports success: 5G network on the advance

"The 5G network is growing faster than all other cellular networks before and twice as fast as originally planned, " says Vodafone's Germany boss Hannes Ametsreiter. Originally, the Düsseldorf-based mobile operator planned to be able to supply around 20 million people with its own 5G network by the turn of the year 2021/2022. It is now said that 45 million Germans can be reached at the moment.

Actually a great success, but you have to make one major restriction : As is not uncommon in the industry, you refer to being able to supply potential customers at home with 5G. So it is not said that 5G coverage is always guaranteed on the go, where cellular communications should play a larger role according to their name.

For this, Vodafone attaches great importance to the standalone operation of the 5G network. Anyone who already owns or owns a 5G-capable smartphone should be able to trust that 5G will also be used permanently. Otherwise it is often the case that the cell phone is dialed into both the 4G and 5G networks. This does not harm the connection, but the double load drains the battery.

Vodafone distributes 5G over different frequencies, depending on where users are. In large cities, shorter-wave frequencies are used that allow higher data speeds , but their range is more limited. Longer-wave frequencies provide 5G coverage in rural areas.

Cheap smartphones: The price-performance ratio is worthwhile here.

800 MHz: New frequencies improve coverage in rural areas

The advantage: the longer waves in the frequency range around 800 MHz get through house walls better. Depending on the need, Vodafone uses a frequency mix that best meets the requirements in certain areas. Currently, 18,000 5G antennas at 6,000 locations set up Vodafone's 5G network, tripling over the calendar year 2021, according to Ametsreiter.

Since Vodafone's last announcement, around 10 million more people have been covered by the 5G network - but of course that only makes a difference for those who also book a 5G contract.

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