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5G for the district of Gifhorn: Vodafone is expanding infrastructure

05.03.2021 – 09:33

Vodafone GmbH

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Düsseldorf, March 5th, 2021. Milestone in the infrastructure project “5G for the district of Gifhorn”: Vodafone has put a new 5G mobile radio station into operation in Wittingen and is supplying the first residents of the village and their guests with the new broadband technology 5G. 5G technology will be installed at five other Vodafone locations in the district by mid-2021. These 5G construction projects are being implemented in Meinersen, Hillerse, Groß Oesingen, Wittingen and Sprakensehl. The medium-term goal is to connect the entire population in the district to the 5G network - as is almost the case today with cellular phone coverage with voice (GSM = 2G) and with LTE (= 4G) mobile broadband technology.

In order to create a nationwide 5G network, Vodafone will initially use the existing mobile network infrastructure to a large extent and, wherever possible, put its 5G antennas into operation at the existing locations in the district. The 53 existing cell phone stations in the district are gradually being upgraded by installing additional 5G technology there - for example on masts, observation towers, church towers and on the roofs of town halls, office buildings and residential buildings. This will happen station by station over the next few years.

The advantages of 5G

In terms of mobile data traffic, 5G covers all the advantages of the mobile broadband technology LTE - but at a significantly higher speed: Customers can surf the Internet and use mobile data services. For example, you can quickly download HD films, enjoy videos in HD quality and follow major sports and cultural events in the live stream. However, 5G delivers higher speeds than LTE and even lower latency times in the millisecond range. In the future, this will enable applications such as self-driving cars that communicate with each other.

In the vicinity of the 5G stations, the new broadband technology can be used by everyone on site - provided the customer has a corresponding 5G device and a current contract from Vodafone. Various 5G smartphone models are available for on the go or a 5G router for at home. Several (up to 64) end devices - smartphones, tablets, notebooks, televisions, etc. - can be connected to the 5G broadband Internet at the same time via each 5G router. This means that 5G is an alternative to slow DSL lines in the area around the stations for Internet supply.

The potential of 5G

5G can also become a network revolution that brings new products with it for numerous sectors and industries and makes our everyday lives more livable in many areas. With 5G, we will arrive in real time in perspective. This is what makes autonomous driving possible, for example. Because only delay-free information enables a world without traffic lights, traffic jams and traffic deaths. The same applies to telemedicine. With 5G, services will emerge that we cannot yet imagine - in addition to the automotive industry, road traffic and healthcare, also in areas such as agriculture and forestry, education, machine industry, logistics, shipping and many other industries.

The further expansion of mobile communications in the Gifhorn district

Currently, 99.9 percent of the population in the district are connected to the Vodafone mobile network and 99.9 percent of the residents are connected to the LTE mobile broadband network. By mid-2021, Vodafone will complete three more LTE construction projects in the district. We will install additional LTE antennas at an existing LTE station in Sprakensehl in order to increase the capacities and speeds in the catchment area of ​​these LTE stations.

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