Since May this year, Deutsche Telekom has deployed 141 new mobile communications locations in Germany to drive network expansion.
Each base station is equipped with LTE. In addition, hundreds of further locations were covered with LTE or LTE capacities have been enlarged.
“LTE will remain the basis for further development of the mobile communications network for years to come”, said Walter Goldenits, Chief Technology Officer at Telekom Deutschland. “We must therefore continue to pursue the rollout of LTE. And of course every new location is needed also for 5G.“
Deutsche Telekom plans to increase the number of mobile base stations in Germany to 36,000 by 2021, from 29,000 today. The company says the LTE expansion will help to fill coverage gaps in mobile communications and increase bandwidths.
“Population coverage is set to increase to 98% in the coming year,” Deutsche Telekom said.
A statement added, “This expansion is an important component for the future 5G network. 5G is the standard for communications in the future. It combines fixed-network and mobile communications. Deutsche Telekom is playing an important role in the development of this global standard.”