With plans to launch 5G in 2020, Deutsche Telekom announced the “first 5G antennas in Europe” are now live in Berlin, reported Mobile World Live.
According to the company, six cells placed around the city are operating in real-world conditions on its network. Claudia Nemat, Deutsche Telekom board member of technology and innovation, said: “We want to ensure that 5G is going to deliver on its promise of enhanced mobility, high speed, and low latency.”
The “5G cluster” of antennas spans an area of just over three miles wide. Deutsche Telekom plans to install another 70 cells by this summer across more than 20 sites, according to Mobile World Live. The antennas operate on a frequency in the 3.7 GHz spectrum band under a testing license.
The company’s CTO Walter Goldenits, said the 5G cluster will, “serve as the basis for our future commercial 5G rollout in Germany. We are preparing the ground so that our network will be ready when the first 5G-capable smartphones appear on the market.”
May 4, 2018