Network and IOT

The next

“We are laying the foundation with our LTE expansion in the area and comprehensive 5G-pilot projects.”

Benedikt Ritter, Regional Head of Direct Sales for the South and South West at Telefónica Deutschland

Growing global trade creates increased criminality, which is reflected in the product piracy industry. Dr Carsten Frey and her company Logistics Arts are committed to tackling counterfeit medicines, foodstuffs and machinery components. Using RFID clips and chemical markers, the integrity of the carriers can be verified in order to ensure they are tamper-proof. In order to transmit the data across solutions are required.

Fast data connections are increasingly becoming the lifelines of business, society and consumers. High-speed mobile communications are key technologies for our economy, especially for Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, and autonomous driving. They guarantee economic growth and prosperity for an industrialised nation. The new communication standard, 5G, is already on everybody’s lips in Germany, far in advance of its launch. However, the current 4G network technology can service the vast majority of digital application areas. In any case, the 5G performance features will hardly be noticeable on smart phones in current and foreseeable usage scenarios; key technology for end customers remains LTE for the time being.

The mainstream launch of 5G in Germany depends not only on the planned spectrum auction but also on the mass availability of system technology and end devices. As one of the three major mobile network operators, Telefónica Deutschland is increasingly in the focus of public interest here. The focus is on the comprehensive supply of the country and all mobile phone users with a future-proof infrastructure. That is why Telefónica is already preparing intensively for the planned market launch, which experts do not expect before 2020. The company is conducting research in this field with partners and is pushing ahead with the connection of its network locations by fibre optic with increasing intensity. As the leading provider in the private customer segment, Telefónica firmly places individual customer needs at the heart of its operation. That’s because what really counts is what our customers actually need and request.

Two Telefónica Employees on the mobile future with 5G

Spectrum auction at a glance

The scheduled spectrum auction is awarding spectra in the 2 GHz and 3.6 GHz bands. These frequencies are expected to be used for 5G in the future. As with all frequencies over 1 GHz, they are particularly suitable for providing a high network capacity, especially in smaller areas with many inhabitants. A wide network coverage for large regions can be secured with frequencies under 1 GHz.
Grafik Frequenz_en

The allocation of frequencies is conditional. These disputed conditions affect the upgrading of:

Unchartered spots


Supplying at least 98 percent of households per federal state with at least 100 Mbit/s.

National motorways and main roads


Providing national motorways and important main roads with 100 Mbit/s and a latency of 10 ms by late 2022, with all remaining main roads to follow by late 2024. Supplying state roads with 50 Mbit/s by the end of 2024 (chargeable requirement for industry).



Supplying the most important railway lines with at least 100 Mbit/s by 2022. All other railway lines to be supplied with at least 50 Mbit/s by 2024. Deutsche Bahn is required to support network operators with their infrastructures. Upgrading is a requirement for industry.

Ports and waterways


Supplying the ports and most important waterways with at least 50 Mbit/s by 2024 (chargeable requirement for industry).