At Vodafone one can be satisfied with the expansion of the 5G network. According to CEO Ametsreiter, they have hit their own targets. Standalone operation should bring advantages for Vodafone customers.
Vodafone’s 5G network is growing faster than planned
“The 5G network is growing faster than any other mobile network before it and twice as fast as originally planned“, says the Germany boss of Vodafone Hannes Ametsreiter. The Düsseldorf mobile phone provider originally planned to be able to supply around 20 million people with their own 5G network by the turn of the year 2021/2022. It is now said that 45 million Germans can be reached (source: Vodafone).
Actually a great success, one major limitation but you have to do it: As is not unusual in the industry, it refers to being able to supply potential customers with 5G at their place of residence. It is therefore not certain that 5G coverage will always be secured on the go, where mobile communications should play the larger role according to the name.
In return, Vodafone attaches great importance to the standalone operation of the 5G network. Anyone who already owns a 5G-enabled smartphone should be able to trust that 5G is also permanently used. Otherwise it is often the case that the cell phone is dialed into both the 4G and 5G network. This does not damage the connection, but the double load drains the battery.
Vodafone distributes 5G over different frequencies, depending on where users are at the moment. In large cities, shorter-wave frequencies are used higher data speeds allow, but whose range is more limited. Longer wave frequencies ensure 5G coverage in rural areas.
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The advantage: the longer waves in the frequency range around 800 MHz pass through house walls better. Depending on the need, Vodafone relies on a frequency mix that best meets the requirements in certain areas. Currently, 18,000 5G antennas at 6,000 locations span Vodafone’s 5G network, according to Ametsreiter a tripling over the calendar year 2021.
Since Vodafone’s last announcement, around 10 million more people have been covered by the 5G network – but of course this only makes a difference for those who also book a 5G contract.