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German telco 1&1 on the right track to deploy 1,000 5G antennas this 12 months

In January, 1&1 launched 5G providers by way of FWA expertise in Frankfurt and Karlsruhe

German operator 1&1 confirmed that the primary interim goal to deploy 1,000 antennas for the supply of cellular 5G providers shall be reached throughout this 12 months, the telco mentioned in its annual report. The telco additionally mentioned it stays assured that it’s going to obtain protection of fifty% of German households with 5G expertise earlier than the tip of 2030.

“After our most vital enlargement companion by way of quantity for the antenna websites stunned us in September 2022 with the information that it could not have the ability to fulfill its contractual obligations on time, we redesigned the rollout course of and tightened up the contracts. We engaged Eubanet, that joined ATC, Vantage Towers and GfTD as one other well-known companion for the acquisition of as many as 7,500 antenna websites in December 2022. Along with our 4 enlargement companions, we’ll do all the pieces in our energy to broaden our passive community infrastructure in addition to shortly as attainable,” the German telco mentioned.

In January, 1&1 launched 5G providers by way of mounted wi-fi entry (FWA) expertise in Frankfurt and Karlsruhe. The brand new providing, dubbed “5G at residence,” is a alternative for typical DSL, fiber optic or cable web connections. 1&1 mentioned it can initially supply three completely different packages with tariffs starting from 20 to 40 euros. All tariffs supply as much as 500 Mbps in obtain and as much as 40 Mbps in add speeds.

In August 2022, 1&1 mentioned it had accomplished the primary dwell take a look at in its new 5G community. Within the checks, 1&1 mentioned that it achieved speeds of over 1 Gbps and steady information transfers of round 8 terabytes per buyer inside 24 hours.

“[5G] [m]obile providers shall be activated as scheduled in summer season 2023. At the moment, Telefónica will present us with the nationwide roaming service that they’re growing parallel to our community rollout, which is able to allow us to supply to our prospects, full-area reception even through the community rollout section. We may also reliably present cellular providers to our prospects when they’re overseas,” the corporate added.

“1&1’s acquisition of 5G frequencies within the bandwidths 2 GHz and three.6 GHZ in 2019 laid the inspiration for the corporate’s development of its personal 1&1 O-RAN cellular community. Whereas the frequency blocks within the 3.6 GHz bandwidth are already accessible, the frequency blocks within the 2 GHz bandwidth is not going to turn out to be accessible till January 1, 2026. To bridge this era, 1&1 has leased further frequencies within the 2.6 GHz bandwidth from Telefónica till its personal frequencies turn out to be accessible.”

1&1 had beforehand chosen Japanese firm Rakuten Group to design, construct and function a completely virtualized cellular community primarily based O-RAN expertise. In August 2021, 1&1 and Rakuten Group introduced a long-term partnership to construct the previous’s cellular community in Germany. By means of this deal, Rakuten turned the overall contractor for the 1&1 cellular community.



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