1&1 conducted the first live test of its 5G network17. August 2022
1&1 conducted the first live test of its 5G network
Berlin, August 17, 2022
German carrier 1&1 recently completed the first live test on its new 5G network
During the tests, 1&1 said it achieved speeds of over 1 Gbit/s and stable data transfers of around 8 terabytes per customer within 24 hours.
1&1 also confirmed that the first customers will be able to use Internet services via the provider’s new 5G network in the summer.
Earlier this year, 1&1 announced that it would accelerate the rollout of the fourth mobile network in Germany and build 1,000 5G base stations by 2022.
In an interview with the newspaper Die Welt, Ralph Dommermuth, CEO of 1&1’s parent company United Internet, had said that the telecommunications company’s mobile network will initially provide 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) services. He said 5G mobile services will be available to smartphone users around mid-2023.
“We are building a fully virtualized open RAN network without dependencies on dominant manufacturers from China, with over 500 edge data centers, gigabit antennas and fiber infrastructure. In July, we began our first real-world user test and the results have met and in some cases exceeded our predictions,” the company said.
The license acquired in 2019 includes the following obligations: 1&1 is required to deploy at least 1,000 base stations this year. The 1&1 network must reach at least 25% of German households by the end of 2025 and at least 50% by the end of 2030 to meet these commitments.
Dommermuth is convinced that the new network will be profitable within a few years.
1&1 currently offers mobile services to almost 11 million customers, mainly via a wholesale agreement with rival operator Telefonica Deutschland.