Bonn Mobile coverage in all villages, cities and uninhabited areas of Germany is on an online map from the Federal Network Agency for the first time to see. On the website that was activated on Thursday www.breitband-monitor.de the availability of all three network operators is shown, i.e. of the Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica.
There has never been a map like this before; accessibility can be seen right down to the streets and addresses – according to the different mobile communications standards 2G, 3G and 4G. 5G will also be added in the future. The networks of the fifth generation of mobile communications are only just being set up.
The data for the comprehensive map come from the three network operators, the regulatory authority checks its accuracy on a random basis. “We are monitoring the development of mobile network coverage and will make the data available to the public on a regular basis in the future,” said Jochen Homann, President of the Federal Network Agency. The overview is to be updated quarterly, the next time in January 2021.
According to the map, 96.5 percent of the area in Germany is supplied with 4G (LTE) by at least one network operator. If you add the slower 3G, you would get 97.3 percent of the country’s area. Including 2G (Edge), the dead spots in which not a single network operator is active would shrink to just 0.3 percent of the country’s area.
For consumers, however, these are theoretical values because their mobile phone only connects to one of the three networks – the areas without a connection for their smartphone are larger. On the map, he can see exactly where his cell phone contract is threatening a radio hole or snail-pace internet.
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