O2 is taking the last 3G locations off the network


Telekom and Vodafone had already taken this step in the summer, now the UMTS lights also went out at O2. The network operator switched off the last radio towers on December 30th.

On December 30th, an era came to an end: With Telefónica, the third network operator in Germany has now drawn a line under chapter 3G and switched off the last UMTS locations. The freed frequencies at 2,100 MHz, which O2 previously used for 3G, are now used for the 4G standard.

At the end of last year, a total of 300 remaining locations went offline; in the summer, 16,000 were still active. “Over 99 percent of the population benefit from our 4G network. Our focus is clearly on the consistent expansion of the 5G network in order to enable new digital applications for consumers and businesses, ”says Mallik Rao, Chief Technology & Information Officer of Telefónica Germany.

“At that time, the 3G auction 2000 not only marked the starting point for the mobile Internet, but also for an expensive, momentous spectrum policy. Unfortunately, that was a lesson in a negative sense, ”recalls CEO Markus Haas.


Source: com! professional by www.com-magazin.de.

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