Vodafone has opened the new 5G network at a first location in Berlin-Adlershof. Like the network operator on August 15, 2019 mitt shares, should follow soon two more Berlin 5G stations. Vodafone has also activated its first stations in Frankfurt, Solingen, Duisburg and Bremen. All in all, 40 stations are now broadcasting in the only public 5G mobile phone network in Germany to date. Ten more will follow later this month.
The base station in Berlin should be from Huawei, as Golem.de has learned from informed circles. Ericsson equips North Rhine-Westphalia and the West. But the newly auctioned 5G spectrum is not yet assigned. "We are using existing frequencies in the 3.5 GHz range that we have already acquired in the past, and by allocating the new frequencies we will be able to further optimize performance in the 5G network."Vodafone spokesman Tobias Krzossa told Golem.de on request.
The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G has been available to Vodafone customers since launching in July on the 5G network. Similarly, the Gigacube 5G first customer already serves as a replacement for slow landline connections. Soon, Vodafone customers will be able to surf the 5G network with a second smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G receives the required software update and then also works in the 5G network. Vodafone claims to have "a few thousand users" in the 5G tariffs offered for almost four weeks.
Speedtest is promising
The daily Welt has tested the net with a Huawei Mate 20 X 5G. In a parking lot that allows a clear view of the antenna at a distance of just under 300 meters, 840 megabits per second are measured in the download and almost 36 megabits in the upload. At a speed test in a McDonald's restaurant in Adlershof, about 500 meters from the antenna, editor Thomas Heuzeroth came to 280 MBit / s, before the door of the tester reached 400 MBit / s. "You should not go more than 1,000 meters, because that's not enough!", explained Heuzeroth.
Vodafone claims to have "a few thousand users" in the 5G tariffs offered for about four weeks. In Berlin Adlershof, the world tester should have had almost the entire capacity of the radio cell in the shared medium to itself.