Deutsche Telekom has announced that its 5G mobile network had gone live in five German cities.
5G is the fifth generation cellular network technology, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before.
Deutsche Telekom, the German communications market leader, paid 2.2 billion euros for 5G spectrum at a recent auction and the regulator has just unlocked access to the 3.6 Gigahertz band that will power its initial 5G offering.
Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Bonn and Darmstadt now offer local 5G services with bandwidth of up to 1 gigabit per second – fast enough to download a movie onto a smartphone in a few seconds.
Hamburg and Leipzig will follow by the end of the year, with 20 German cities to be covered through 2020, Deutsche Telekom said in a statement.
“We are bringing 5G to the streets and will orient ourselves towards our customers’ needs,” Telekom’s chief technology officer Walter Goldenits said. “We will go where the demand for data is greatest.”
5G networks are already starting to appear and are expected to launch across the world by 2020, working alongside existing 3G and 4G technology to provide speedier connections.