German carrier Deutsche Telekom announced Thursday that Europe’s first 5G antennas to support new global standards are up and running in Berlin.
The six initial cells — three in the Mitte district and three in the Schöneberg district — also represent the continent’s first 5G data connection over a live network.
“5G New Radio in Berlin is another major step towards 5G for all,” Telekom Deutschland CTO Walter Goldenits said in a statement.
The current 5G antennas are operating under a testing license on 3.7 GHz spectrum and interacting with the carrier’s existing 4G network. The company continues to deploy 5G antennas across a 5-kilometer-wide section of the city’s downtown, which will include another 70 cells at more than 20 sites by this summer.
Officials said the 5G test bed would ensure the technology provides its promised benefits in mobility, speed and latency when it debuts globally in 2020.
“This 5G cluster in Berlin will serve as the basis for our future commercial 5G rollout in Germany,” Goldenits said. “The antennas are providing important test results. At the same time, they are real elements of what will be our future 5G network.”