Major challenge in 5G roll out is altogether new infrastructure buildup and increase in base stations at a fast pace.One way of quick 5G deployment is collaboration of mobile operators at that level where infra share can be done.
2nd quick fix of slow 5G readiness is changing acquisition process of infrastructure. For that respective Ministry of the country or authority can be approached.
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Germany’s Ministry of Transport developed new strategy for mobile communications.
Faster approval processes, public land as sites for mobile sites, cooperation between providers: The Federal Ministry of Transport under Andreas Scheuer, also responsible for digital and infrastructure, promoted mobile communications with an overall strategy.
Federal Infrastructure Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) promoted the expansion of mobile communications in poorly served rural areas with further measures. Part of a new overall strategy, regulations for faster approval and expansion processes were deployed, as the ministry announced. As sites for transmitters public plots were to be provided.
Co-operations of suppliers with regard to expansion and acceptance by local residents was strengthened. The package is currently being developed and went into the vote in the federal government.
The focus was on eliminating remaining white spots, the ministry said. The strategy was beyond the previous requirements and commitments of the providers. Specifically, it is planned, among other things, to improve the mobile network in trains. For this purpose, 50 million euros have been earmarked for funding since autumn. In border regions, network operators will be able to activate additional stations of the LTE standard or maximize existing ones in terms of performance.
Some 17,000 federal government properties, 5,000 land owned by security agencies and 120,000 parcels of water and shipping administration were identified as areas for broadcasting sites – some already in June 2019 . There network operators were to be offered shorter approval procedures than elsewhere and favorable rental conditions, it was said.
Despite all investments, there were still areas with poor mobile and Internet coverage, especially in rural areas. The recent awarding of the frequencies for the new 5G standard had further requirements enshrined to make some white spots disappear. This includes that by the end of 2022, at least 98 percent of households in Germany will need to be provided with at least 100 MBit per second in the download.
Vodafone took that opportunity and able to expedite its 5G test to achieve higher results than expectations.
Vodafone Shows High Data Rates in the First 5G Mobile Station
In a first test at Vodafone in Berlin, the city’s first public 5G network measured 840 megabits per second in download and almost 36 megabits in upload. The frequencies are not assigned yet.
Vodafone has opened the new 5G network at a first location in Berlin-Adlershof. As the network operator on 15 August 2019 informed shares , two other Berlin 5G stations are to follow shortly. 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 band that we have already acquired in the past and by allocating the new frequencies we will be able to further optimize the performance in the 5G network,” said Vodafone spokesman Tobias Krzossa Golem .de on request.
For the first 5G network of Deutsche Telekom in Berlin customers have no access, here special SIM cards are needed, which may be issued only to Telekom employees.
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 nearly 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.
In Berlin Adlershof, the world tester should have had almost the entire capacity of the radio cell in the shared medium to itself.
- Amram is a technical analyst and partner at DFI Club Research, a high-tech research and advisory firm .He has over 10 years of technical and business experience with leading high-tech companies including Huawei,Nokia,Ericsson on ICT, Semiconductor, Microelectronics Systems and embedded systems.Amram focuses on the business critical points where new technologies drive innovations.