Deutsche Telekom said Thursday its 5G mobile network went live in five German cities, timing the launch for maximum impact on the opening day of the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin.
The German market chief 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 may power its initial 5G offering.
Berlin, Munich, Bonn, Cologne, and Darmstadt now offer 5G companies with a bandwidth of up to 1GB per second – fast enough to obtain a movie onto a smartphone in a few seconds.
Leipzig and Hamburg will follow by the end of the year, with 20 German cities to be covered by 2020, Deutsche Telekom mentioned in a statement
“We’re bringing 5G to the streets and will orient ourselves toward our prospects’ needs,” Telekom’s chief technology officer Walter Goldenits stated. “We’ll go where the demand for data is more.”
Vodafone has also declared its 5G launch in Germany and is challenging Deutsche Telekom on price.
IFA, the world’s biggest consumer electronics event, is being held as smartphone suppliers and makers hope 5G will give them a boost as they face a slump in sales this year amid U.S.-China trade conflicts.
Huawei of China and Qualcomm are showcasing 5G devices, while Samsung is providing a close-up look at a brand new $2,000 folding smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, that goes on sale in South Korea on Friday.
Deutsche Telekom is advertising and marketing the Samsung Galaxy 5G and Galaxy Note 10+ 5G for early buyers, as well as the Huawei Mate 20X 5G and for home web the HTC 5G Hub.