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Germany Speeds Up Rollout of 5G Mobile Network Plans

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Happy with the speed in which your 4G LTE connection loads up that must see YouTube video on the go? Germany thinks it can do better, and it wants to do it better than anyone else.

Germany, with help from top tech firms and the country’s automakers, want to put into place the world’s first comprehensive 5G mobile network.

As everyday life becomes increasingly connected with the ‘internet of things’, whether that’s lightbulbs, medical devices, or even self-driving cars, a 5G network, which boasts speeds of up to ten times faster than the current 4G LTE, is becoming a necessity for those innovations to continue.

While Audi, BMW, and Daimler have formed an alliance to get things rolling with Qualcomm, Intel, Nokia, Ericsson and Huawei, dubbed the 5G Automotive Association, the German government is working on their own rollout.

Digital infrastructure minister Alexander Dobrindt says that by the end of 2018, key decisions will be in place to have all transit systems and the 20 largest German cities blanketed with 5G service by 2025. The goal is ambitious, but with devices soon to adopt the new standard, Germany wants to be ready when that time comes.

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Sources: Reuters, Fortune

Photo: Andrew Sutherland [Flickr]

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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