German operator Telefónica Deutschland / O2, managed by Spanish telco Telefónica, has been accelerating the rollout of its 5G community within the nation final yr and goals to additional enhance its 5G footprint this yr. To know extra in regards to the firm’s plans for 2021, RCR Wi-fi Information interviewed Mallik Rao, Chief Know-how and Data Officer of Telefónica Deutschland / O2.

Q: What’s the focused 5G protection for the tip of 2021?

A: We are going to push forward with our huge community rollout in 2021. Particularly our 5G rollout will speed up quickly. We need to cowl 30% of the German inhabitants with 5G by the tip of 2021. Moreover, our O2 clients will profit from a nationwide 5G community by the tip of 2025.

Q: What number of base stations did the corporate deploy by the tip of 2020 and what’s the deployment goal for the tip of this yr?

A: We presently supply 5G protection in not less than 15 main German cities. These embody cities corresponding to Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Duesseldorf, Essen, Bonn and Potsdam. We function round 150 5G stations over the three.6 GHz frequency to supply our O2 clients the best attainable capacities and speeds. We will likely be protecting increasingly cities and rural areas in Germany with the brand new cell communications commonplace in 2021 by accelerating our 5G rollout – and likewise with the introduction of DSS expertise – in the midst of this yr.

Q: Is the corporate already in course of to deploy a standalone 5G community?

A: We already set the course for our highly effective, standalone 5G community. Gigabit information charges, real-time communication and large IoT have gotten actuality in our O2 community. We’re presently implementing a totally unbiased, standalone 5G core community with full cloud compatibility till the course of this yr, which would be the foundation for all additional actual 5G actions. For our 5G core community, we’re utilizing European expertise of our accomplice Ericsson as a way to present a safe, digital and highly effective community. We’ve got a transparent plan for the additional growth of our community infrastructure in the direction of a nationwide standalone 5G community that may deal with the large information streams of the long run and open up new digital enterprise fashions for all our clients.

Q: How vital is the 5G phase for the corporate by way of subscribers? Are you anticipating to see a giant enhance in 5G adoption this yr?

A: 5G is the brand new information turbo for our clients. With 5G we offer our O2 clients with a second excessive velocity community in parallel to 4G, which gives increased speeds, extra capability, new digital functions and an total higher community expertise. With round 95% of all information visitors working through our 4G community, 4G remains to be the important thing driver for development in cell information utilization. Nevertheless, the variety of 5G subscribers will considerably enhance within the upcoming years, largely ensuing from an ever-growing 5G community, extra clients with a 5G tariff and an even bigger collection of 5G smartphones in any respect value ranges.

Q: Is the corporate already engaged on the event of 5G use instances for the enterprise market?

A: We’re a pioneer for personal 5G networks in Germany. We already established a contemporary 5G personal community (campus community) for automobile producer Mercedes-Benz Vehicles at its state-of-the-art Manufacturing facility 56 manufacturing web site. The community will likely be utilized in ongoing vehicle manufacturing. 5G will join machines and programs intelligently, securely, wirelessly and in actual time.

We’re additionally engaged on actual 5G use instances with our cooperation companions and enterprise clients. We’ve got in depth know-how within the building and operation of personal networks, for instance for 5G campus options. These are of explicit curiosity to enterprise clients and industrial corporations that want native networks for his or her manufacturing and logistics websites. With tailored community infrastructure options such because the 5G campus community for Mercedes-Benz Vehicles we’re opening up new digital alternatives for enterprise clients. We even went one step additional: We’re presently implementing a cloud-based 5G core community for industrial options in our structure. By providing our clients this community, new business options might be developed quicker through present interfaces, manufacturing and logistics processes might be totally automated and functions carried out in real-time (edge computing).