The news: 5G deployment in Germany is gaining momentum as the three major carriers, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, and Telefónica Deutschland, have all switched off their 3G networks to focus on wider 4G expansion and deployment of 5G networks in the country.
Why it’s worth watching: Germany is leading the way to successful nationwide 5G network rollout. Vodafone Germany CEO Hannes Ametsreiter said the rollout of 5G took place twice as fast as originally planned, per Light Reading.
Vodafone Germany’s initial goal was to supply around 20 million people with 5G by the start of 2022. It has more than doubled that number by covering 45 million people, or over half the population of around 83 million.
The opportunity: Germany’s Big Three carriers all agree that 5G is being rolled out faster than all previous mobile network standards; this has likely been accelerated by cooperation among carriers.
German carriers are also benefiting from standardized 5G frameworks designed to ease deployment in Germany. An agreement between 1&1 Versatel and BUGLAS, the German Fiber Optic Association, allows 70 local operators to participate in 5G expansion.
The big takeaway: Germany is bucking the trend of slow 5G rollout and adoption thanks to thriving competition balanced with standardized frameworks and carrier cooperation.
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