Telekom Deutschland (TD), the domestic operating unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has revealed that it has connected 83% of its 5G mobile sites nationwide with fibre-optics. More than 10,000 sites support maximum speeds of up to 10Gbps, corresponding to around 40% of the operator’s total 5G sites. Telekom plans to enable these speeds at more than 28,000 mobile sites by 2026.

‘The demands on our mobile network are constantly increasing: in the Telekom network alone, mobile data traffic is growing by around 30% a year,’ said Abdu Mudesir, Head of Technology at TD, adding: ‘Not only is the amount of data increasing rapidly, but also the pace thanks to 5G. That is why we are not only expanding our network with more and more 5G antennas, but are also ensuring even more capacity and speed in the transport network.’

More than 95% of the population are now covered by Telekom’s 5G services, with around 9,700 antennas in over 750 cities transmitting in the 3.7GHz band, supporting speeds of up to 1Gbps. By 2025 5G coverage will be increased to 99%.

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