Germany is lagging behind in the mobile radio coverage: The Federal Republic of Germany is in the provision of 4G (LTE) in a European comparison, bad as from a study of the Aachen-based consulting firm, P3 in the order of the Green group in the Bundestag. Thus, there is in the case of German networks in both the cover as well as the achieved data need to catch up in countries such as Poland or Albania to cut better rates.

Even the best network in Germany to be beaten off”, in an international comparison”, – stated in the study, which is present SPIEGEL ONLINE. While in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland, therefore, “almost all of the network operator to offer LTE will have a share of more than 90 per cent”, the Telekom in Germany, “just once on a LTE-share of 75 percent.” Vodafone is far behind with a share of 57 percent, “significantly”. The high-speed network of Telefónica is not “once for the half of the analysed data sets available”.

In Poland and Albania have customers of Deutsche Telekom, each with 80 percent, however, a better network coverage. T-Mobile customers in Austria (84%) and the Netherlands (90 percent) have made it even better. In General, the LTE reception is according to the study, in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland very well.


surfing twice as fast At a data rate of the mean velocity, with the data on the phone can be loaded, in the Deutsche Telekom network to 4.9 megabits per second (Mbit/s). Vodafone and Telefónica are 4.8 and 4.1 Mbit/s behind it. Customers of Telekom and Vodafone in Albania surfing according to the study, compared with an average of 9.4 and 8.7 Mbit/s is around twice as fast.

especially in Switzerland, but also Denmark and the Netherlands, it is with LTE is also faster than in Germany. The Figures are based on data recorded automatically with the aid of a application running on Android Smartphones from July to September, and then anonymized Central have been processed. According to the study authors, the program was installed on approximately 190 million devices worldwide, and delivered per day around 1.5 trillion records.

In the case of the distribution in Germany is shown by the fact that these records come mainly from urban centres. In rural areas – for example in Brandenburg or Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – there are still areas without sufficient data.

mobile phone companies are fighting back against strict requirements

Germany radio in mobile “in Europe,” criticized the Green party Vice Oliver Krischer. The spokesperson of the Greens parliamentary group for digital infrastructure, Margit Stumpp, called for “an acceleration of the expansion of a fine-meshed fibre-optic network and, in parallel, the Development of 5G”. Needed a “clearer obligation for National Roaming in the poorly-served areas”.

reading tip Finally understand: As 5G Germany’s future

will define The so-called Roaming the crucial point is to replace the new mobile radio standard 5G, the step-by-step, the predecessor technology LTE. The study’s authors, according to this, Roaming can be “a building block” for the faster Development of 5G networks. The mobile companies are fighting back, however, against strict requirements. The award conditions of the Federal network Agency only, the provider must negotiate over cooperation. With Roaming, it is meant that the customer of a service provider in funk holes automatically on the networks of the competitors diverted.


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