Deutsche Telekom’s 5G mobile network has gone live in five German cities. The German market leader paid 2.2 billion euros ($2.5 billion) 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 a 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.
Rival Vodafone has also announced its 5G rollout in Germany and is challenging Deutsche Telekom on price.