Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile operator of German telecoms company Deutsche Telekom, says it rolled out its fibre network to over 2.5 million additional households in almost 3,500 towns and municipalities this year, following investment of EUR2.5 billion (USD2.7 billion). The firm’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network is scheduled to reach a total of eight million premises by the end of 2024, a figure that is expected to increase to more than ten million in 2024. In addition, Telekom has started pre-marketing of a new 2Gbps/1Gbps down/upload fibre broadband tariff in the pilot cities of Berlin and Gunzenhausen and plans to be able to offer the XGS-PON-based high speed tariff to 100,000 homes by the end of 2024. Telekom says that currently one third of its fibre-optic connections are achieved through cooperation with regional partners, and around 40 such partnership agreements have been signed with municipal utility companies and regional telecoms suppliers.
In terms of mobile communications, Telekom currently boasts 5G coverage of 96% of the population via a network of 80,000 antennas, including 10,000 in the 3.5GHz band in more than 800 cities and municipalities. The firm is aiming to achieve 99% coverage by 2025 and plans to launch 5G Standalone (SA) services for private customers in 2024.
The company is also making progress with its Open RAN infrastructure and says the first network of antennas began operating in the commercial network for the first time this month in Neubrandenburg. Nokia and Fujitsu are supplying the necessary technology components, with Telekom currently targeting more than 3,000 Open RAN-compatible antenna sites by the end of 2026.
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