The first 5G + stations for the Zwickau district – Vodafone is expanding its infrastructure

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  • In the medium term, the entire region is to be connected to the 5G + network
  • LTE and 5G expansion in a circle: closing blind spots and increasing network capacity

Dusseldorf, August 8, 2022 A milestone in the infrastructure project “5G for Zwickau”: Vodafone has launched the first mobile communication station with new 5G + technology in Hohenstein-Ernstthal. With the opening of this mobile data highway, Vodafone has also started the next phase of expanding its cellular network in the district. By mid-2023, Vodafone will complete a total of 65 more cell phone construction projects in the district to close blind spots, strengthen the existing network and introduce a 5G + network to the district. The background to the expansion efforts is positive development: mobile data traffic in the district is growing rapidly – with an annual growth rate of around 28 percent today. As a result, people are increasingly surfing the mobile Internet – for example to use social media, watch HD movies, follow cultural and sports events (e.g. the Bundesliga and the Champions League) on live broadcasts or browse news portals with newspapers and informing other media. We take this strong demand from the population into account by investing in further network expansion.

The goal is to further strengthen the existing LTE network and, if possible, connect the entire population to the 5G and 5G + networks by 2025. Vodafone will initially make extensive use of the existing cellular infrastructure and, where possible, deploy its 5G and 5G + antennas at the existing 123 cellular locations in the district. The existing mobile radio stations are therefore gradually modernized, installing there additional 5G and 5G + technologies – e.g. on masts, observation towers, church towers and on the roofs of town halls, office buildings and residential buildings. It will happen station by station in the next few years. Currently, 48 locations in the district are already equipped with 5G technology – and the first locations already have 5G + on board. Another 31 5G construction projects are to be completed in the poviat by mid-2023 – including new 5G stations in Hartenstein, Zwickau (10x), Hirschfeld (2x), Crimmitschau, Meerane (3x), Mülsen, Wilkau-Hasslau (2x), Glauchau, Reinsdorf, Callenberg, Wildenfels, Niederfrohn, Limbach-Oberfrohn (2x), Hohenstein-Ernstthal (3x) and Oberlungwitz and for the first time a 5G + station for Hohenstein-Ernstthal.

Benefits of 5G

5G is a mobile broadband technology that works in a similar way to the existing generation of LTE (= 4G) mobile communications – but with even higher data rates: Customers can surf the Internet and use mobile broadband services. It is the quality of life of private individuals as well as an important factor for the local economy.

5G + potential

5G can also become a networking revolution that will bring new products to many sectors and industries and make our daily lives more worth living in many areas. Because with 5G + we will arrive in the future in real time. Thus, for example, networked vehicles are possible. Because only immediate information enables a world without traffic lights, traffic jams and road fatalities. The same is true for telemedicine. 5G will create services that we have not imagined yet – in addition to automotive, traffic and healthcare, also in areas such as agriculture and forestry, education, machinery, logistics, shipping and many other sectors.

Further expansion of mobile telephony in the district

In parallel with the development of the 5G network and the 5G + network, Vodafone is also expanding the existing cellular network in the district. 99.9 percent of the population is currently connected to Vodafone’s mobile network. Thanks to our LTE network, we can reach 99.1 percent. residents. Because 121 out of 123 mobile phone stations are also equipped with LTE antennas. By mid-2023, Vodafone will implement a total of 34 additional structural measures in the existing cellular network to close LTE dead spots and increase LTE capacity and speeds. The municipalities of Hartenstein (2x), Zwickau (10x), Hirschfeld (2x), Crimmitschau, Langenbernsdorf, Meerane (3x), Mülsen, Wilkau-Haßlau (2x), Bernsdorf, Glauchau, Reinsdorf, Callenberg, Wildenfels, Niederfrohna and Limbach, of which – Oberfrohn (2x), Hohenstein-Ernstthal (3x) and Oberlungwitz.

Vodafone Germany | who we are

Vodafone is one of the world’s leading communication groups. Every second German is a Vodafone customer – regardless of whether he is surfing, calling or watching TV; whether it connects an office, farm or factory with Vodafone technology. Vodafone networks connect Germany: family and friends, as well as politics, business and society. They also help sustain critical sectors such as education and healthcare, especially in times of COVID-19.

The Düsseldorf-based company provides Internet, mobile, landline and TV from a single source. As a partner in the digitization of the German economy, Vodafone counts among its customers start-ups, mid-size companies and DAX companies. Vodafone is number 1 in German mobile communications: no other company in Germany connects more people and machines via their mobile network. No other German company offers more Gigabit fixed line connections than Düsseldorf. And no other company has more TV customers in the country.

With over 30 million mobile phones, nearly 11 million broadband services, over 13 million television customers and numerous digital solutions, Vodafone Germany and around 16,000 employees generate annual sales of approximately EUR 13 billion.

As a gigabit company, Vodafone is driving infrastructure development in Germany: Today, Vodafone reaches over 24 million households on a nationwide fiber network, of which more than 23 million at gigabit speeds. In 2022, Vodafone will provide two-thirds of all Germans with gigabit connections. Thanks to the 4G network, Vodafone reaches over 99% of all households in Germany. The network of Vodafone machines (Narrowband IoT) for industry and business covers almost 97% of Germany’s territory. From mid-2019, Vodafone also operates the first 5G network in Germany, reaching over 45 million people. By 2023, Vodafone will make 5G available to 60 million people.

With around 30% of total sales, Vodafone Germany is the largest national company in the Vodafone Group, one of the largest telecommunications groups in the world. Vodafone has over 300 million mobile customers, over 28 million fixed-line customers, 22 million television customers worldwide, and connects over 150 million devices to the Internet of Things.

Vodafone connects people and machines all over the world. And thus create a better future for everyone. Because technology paves the way for a digital tomorrow. To this end, Vodafone is working towards sustainable business and environmental protection. Goals: to become climate neutral by 2025 and emission-free by 2040. To achieve this, Vodafone uses 100% green electricity, electrifies its vehicle fleet, relies on a green supply chain and ensures that its network technology is fully reused, resold or recycled. In addition, Vodafone helps other companies minimize their carbon footprint thanks to intelligent IoT technologies.

Diversity is firmly embedded in Vodafone’s corporate culture and is promoted through numerous measures. These range from family and work reconciliation offers to networks for women, fathers or LGBT people, to diversity training for managers. Vodafone respects and values ​​all people: regardless of race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, beliefs, culture or religion.

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