It starts slowly but surely in Germany. Telekom and Vodafone have submitted, now Telefónica is following suit with CO2. The network of the future will soon start there too, so that customers can hopefully benefit from a better mobile network.
o2 starts on October 3, 2020 with the 5G network
Telekom is already making its own 5G network available to more than 40 million German citizens, and Vodafone is already represented in some regions. Now, finally, o2 is also being launched. The start will be given on October 3 in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Cologne. In total, o2 has enabled 5G with 150 stations that customers can use at certain rates at no additional cost. This includes o2 Free with a price starting from 39.99 euros. Expansion will continue in the coming months, so O2’s 5G network will get bigger and bigger.
The speed in the 5G O2 network is initially limited to 300 Mbit / s. So you only have a small advantage over the 225 Mbit / s 4G network. Since the 5G network is unlikely to be as busy as O2’s 4G network, you should actually hit a noticeably higher speed. Up to 20 Gbit / s should be possible in the future. In Germany, however, this should take some time.
The 5G network will replace the 3G network
With the expansion of the 5G network, the 3G network will increasingly take the background. In Germany this could become a problem in regions where 5G or 4G is not available and the 3G network will be deactivated soon, because then only 2G is available. The federal government is calling for national expansion, but that hasn’t worked with the 4G network either. So it will be exciting to see how the 5G network expansion unfolds. GIGA keeps you up to date. After all, many tariffs get a free 5G upgrade. Then all you need is a 5G compatible cell phone. They are also getting cheaper and cheaper.