Deutsche Telekom tests 5G data connection over a live network

Deutsche Telekom has claimed to test ‘Europe’s first live 5G data link’ in Berlin.

The operator has deployed 5G antennas into its commercial network in the city centre of Berlin. The deployment of six 5G antennas is Europe’s first to operate in real-world conditions, the operator claimed.

Claudia Nemat, Board member for Technology and Innovation at Deutsche Telekom, said, “We’re continuing on our strong preparation course for the rollout of 5G in 2020.”

CTO Walter Goldenits said the deployment would form “the basis for our future commercial 5G rollout” in the country.

He said the new antennas, which operate under a test licence using the 3.7 GHz spectrum band, were for testing but are also “real elements of what will be our future 5G network”.

“We are preparing the ground so that our network will be ready when the first 5G-capable smartphones appear on the market,” he said.

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