03 May 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Deutsche Telekom (DT) has installed its first 5G antennas in Berlin, ready to roll out nationwide 5G services.
The company says it has used the new antennas – in
six cells – to demonstrate the first 5G data
connection in Europe. All use the 5G New Radio (5G NR)
"We’re continuing on our strong preparation course
for the rollout of 5G in 2020," said Claudia Nemat,
DT’s board member for technology and
The antennas are using frequencies in the 3.7GHz spectrum band
under a testing licence, but DT expects to use the lower 3GHz
band for initial 5G services.
There are three 5G cells in Leipziger Strasse and three more in
Winterfeldtstrasse, about 4km to the west. Nemat said: "Today,
right in the heart of Berlin, we’re taking the
next decisive step – with the successful integration
of commercial 5G technology into our network. We want to ensure
that 5G is going to deliver on its promise of enhanced
mobility, high speed and low latency."
The first six commercial antennas cover the Mitte and
Schöneberg districts of Berlin for test operations. DT
will install an additional 70 cells this year, across a total
of more than 20 sites.
The result will be a major 5G testbed in the centre of
Germany’s capital, said DT.
Walter Goldenits, CTO at Telekom Deutschland, DT’s
German operation, said: "5G New Radio in Berlin is another
major step towards 5G for all. This 5G cluster in Berlin will
serve as the basis for our future commercial 5G rollout in
DT said it is working in cooperation with its Berlin-based
hub:raum start-up incubator on a 5G prototyping
Goldenits said: "The antennas are providing important test
results. At the same time, they are real elements of what will
be our future 5G network. We are preparing the ground so that
our network will be ready when the first 5G-capable smartphones
appear on the market."