Vodafone’s 5G SA network currently operates 4,000 antennas across Germany
German operator Vodafone has announced the start of the deployment of 5G Standalone (SA) technology in the country’s former capital, Bonn, and the goal is to connect the entire population to the 5G SA network by 2025 .
Vodafone will initially use the existing mobile communication infrastructure to a large extent and, as far as possible, will put its antennas for 5G and 5G SA into operation at the 91 existing mobile communication sites in Bonn. Already existing mobile radio stations are being upgraded by installing additional 5G and 5G SA technologies, for example on masts, observation towers, church towers and on the roofs of town halls, office buildings and residential buildings.
Vodafone is also extending its existing mobile network to Bonn, where it offers almost complete coverage with its LTE network. By mid-2023, Vodafone will install a total of nine additional sites in the existing mobile network to close LTE dead spots and increase LTE capacity and speeds.
Vodafone recently said its standalone 5G network is currently available to nearly 10 million people across Germany.
Vodafone also said 5G SA will be enabled across the company’s 5G footprint, reaching nationwide coverage by 2025.
The company also said its 5G network already reaches 45 million people across the country. The telecom operator also said its 5G network should be available to 60 million people by 2023.
Last year, Vodafone Germany launched its 5G Standalone (SA) network in partnership with Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and OPPO.
For the expansion of 5G, Vodafone is relying on frequencies in the 3.6 GHz, 1.8 GHz and 700 MHz bands in major urban areas, residential areas and suburbs, and rural areas across the country. ‘Germany.
Vodafone has previously said it is installing new 5G antennas from technology partner Ericsson in its 5G network, which transmit data in a much more energy-efficient way. Compared to previous antenna technology, approximately 40% energy can be saved during data transmission. Vodafone has tested 150 of these 5G antennas and aimed to convert 900 5G antennas to this energy-saving technology by the end of the current financial year.
Vodafone initially launched its 5G network in Germany in 2019, on 3.5 GHz frequencies acquired from Telefónica in 2018.