Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and O2 work together in a special way to improve their mobile networks. The details.
German mobile phone networks are now getting better: the reason.
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Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica/O2 are making progress in closing gaps in their mobile networks. This is about the so-called “grey spots”: i.e. locations where only a single mobile phone provider offers network coverage (in contrast to this, “white spots” are locations where there is no mobile phone reception at all).
This is how collaboration works
Telekom and O2 have now given each other access to 200 cell phone sites. By the end of 2022, there should be up to 700 locations where Telekom and O2 will give each other access to the network technology of the other company. This is intended to improve mobile phone coverage for several 100,000 people throughout Germany.
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With this “grey spots” cooperation, no additional antennas have to be removed from the mobile phone mast. Especially in sparsely populated or heavily frequented areas, it is uneconomical for operators to set up separate infrastructures and operate them with their own network technology, as Telekom explains. At the respective locations, the operators then offer all users 4G access on the 800 megahertz frequency band. You can read more about the differences between the individual frequency ranges here: 5G – that’s why Vodafone uses three different frequency ranges.
Vodafone and O2 are also cooperating
Similarly, Telekom is also working with Vodafone to eliminate “grey spots”. This is said to have closed 2,600 gray spots so far. Another 400 locations are to follow, as Vodafone explains.
O2 and Vodafone are also working together
O2 is now also working with Vodafone to eliminate “grey spots”. Overall, mutual network access is to be made possible at over 2000 locations. The first two stations, where Vodafone customers now have network where there was none before, are in Dedenborn (a district of the municipality of Simmerath in the Aachen city region) and in the Feldberger Seenlandschaft in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. In return, Vodafone O2 has also made two cell phone sites available to start with. These are in Essen-Kupferdreh and in the Brandenburg municipality of Linthe.
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