From joint pilots to first licences and commercial deployments: where are we in terms of 5G?
How do we ensure careful 5G deployment?
To complement our existing networks, 5G roll outs are underway, but only where there is a firm need and only once we’ve taken all societal considerations and concerns into account. For instance, we’re gradually deploying 5G antennas on our existing 4G sites in Europe, mainly in urban areas and special economic zones, depending on available frequencies and changes in use. At the same time, we’re continuing to extend 4G coverage across our operating countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The same is true for fibre and deploying our submarine cables or “information superhighways”.
Since 2020, we’ve been gradually rolling out our 5G antennas on 4G sites in areas where the network is in high demand (very densely populated areas for example). This significantly improves speeds for everyday outdoor use up to 2Gbps while enabling as many people as possible to stay connected.
By 2023, the 5G network core will also be accessible to the public network, improving performance further while allowing differentiated levels of service quality and security to meet the requirements of industry, connected vehicles, smart cities, e-health and more. 5G will support a greater number of connected devices within the Internet of Things (IoT*) to optimise industrial applications and processes, and enable greater reactivity to support real-time requirements such as online gaming, industrial robotics and ultimately self-driving connected cars.
* IoT allows devices on private internet connections to communicate with each other and the Internet of Things brings these networks together.