German telco 1&1 on course to deploy 1,000 5G antennas this yr
In January, 1&1 launched 5G providers through FWA know-how in Frankfurt and Karlsruhe
German operator 1&1 confirmed that the primary interim goal to deploy 1,000 antennas for the availability of cell 5G providers will probably be reached throughout this yr, the telco stated in its annual report. The telco additionally stated it stays assured that it’ll obtain protection of fifty% of German households with 5G know-how earlier than the top of 2030.
“After our most necessary enlargement companion when it comes to quantity for the antenna websites shocked us in September 2022 with the information that it might not be capable to fulfill its contractual obligations on time, we redesigned the rollout course of and tightened up the contracts. We engaged Eubanet, that joined ATC, Vantage Towers and GfTD as one other well-known companion for the acquisition of as many as 7,500 antenna websites in December 2022. Along with our 4 enlargement companions, we are going to do every thing in our energy to develop our passive community infrastructure in addition to shortly as doable,” the German telco stated.
In January, 1&1 launched 5G providers through fastened wi-fi entry (FWA) know-how in Frankfurt and Karlsruhe. The brand new providing, dubbed “5G at dwelling,” is a alternative for standard DSL, fiber optic or cable web connections. 1&1 stated it would initially provide three completely different packages with tariffs starting from 20 to 40 euros. All tariffs provide as much as 500 Mbps in obtain and as much as 40 Mbps in add speeds.
In August 2022, 1&1 stated it had accomplished the primary dwell take a look at in its new 5G community. Within the exams, 1&1 stated that it achieved speeds of over 1 Gbps and steady information transfers of round 8 terabytes per buyer inside 24 hours.
“[5G] [m]obile providers will probably be activated as scheduled in summer time 2023. At the moment, Telefónica will present us with the nationwide roaming service that they’re growing parallel to our community rollout, which can allow us to supply to our clients, full-area reception even throughout the community rollout part. We will even reliably present cell providers to our clients when they’re overseas,” the corporate added.
“1&1’s acquisition of 5G frequencies within the bandwidths 2 GHz and three.6 GHZ in 2019 laid the muse for the corporate’s development of its personal 1&1 O-RAN cell community. Whereas the frequency blocks within the 3.6 GHz bandwidth are already obtainable, the frequency blocks within the 2 GHz bandwidth won’t change into obtainable till January 1, 2026. To bridge this era, 1&1 has leased extra frequencies within the 2.6 GHz bandwidth from Telefónica till its personal frequencies change into obtainable.”
1&1 had beforehand chosen Japanese firm Rakuten Group to design, construct and function a completely virtualized cell community based mostly O-RAN know-how. In August 2021, 1&1 and Rakuten Group introduced a long-term partnership to construct the previous’s cell community in Germany. By this deal, Rakuten grew to become the overall contractor for the 1&1 cell community.