Unser Weg zum 5G-Netz

The way to our 5G network


In 2019 1&1 Drillisch purchased the necessary spectrum to build up its own powerful mobile radio network in the 5G frequency auction. The company has already created important prerequisites on the way to its own 5G network.

"Operating our own mobile radio network offers major advantages: In the long term, we are less dependent on access to third-party networks, save network rent and can open up new business areas. We are very well positioned for this new chapter of our corporate history: We have a large customer base, well-known and popular brands and a strong sales force. In addition, as part of the United Internet Group, we can use one of the largest fiber optic networks in Germany and gain access to innovative cloud applications.”

Ralph Dommermuth,
CEO of 1&1 Drillisch AG

Ralph Dommermuth

Milestones


8
National roaming agreement

In February 2021, 1&1 Drillisch accepted Telefónica's improved national roaming offer following a review by the EU Commission, thus creating another important prerequisite for the launch of its own 5G network.

6
Leasing of frequencies

While the frequencies from the 3.6 GHz spectrum are already available, the frequencies in the 2 GHz range which were auctioned off will not be usable until 2026. To bridge this period, 1&1 Drillisch is renting two frequency blocks in this range from Telefónica. These are available until 31 December 2025.

4
Official allocation of the frequencies auctioned

The conclusion of the licensing procedure by the Federal Network Agency has clarified the band in which the auctioned frequency blocks can be used. This is another important step towards detailed network planning.

2
Negotiations on National Roaming

Since the end of the auction, negotiations have been underway with the incumbent network operators about National Roaming – the use of foreign networks while building up our own 5G network. With national roaming, nationwide coverage is guaranteed from the outset. This is how we bridge the years of network construction.

7
Cooperation in fibre optic backbone

A nationwide fibre optic network is a basic requirement for 5G. Our sister company 1&1 Versatel operates one of the largest fibre optic networks in Germany.

5
Contract signed with ministries: Mobile radio sites in rural areas

Together with the established network operators, an agreement was concluded with the Ministries of Transport and Finance (BMVI & BMF) on the construction of mobile radio sites in so-called "white spots". This means that 1&1 Drillisch will build several hundred antenna sites in rural areas. In return, the costs for the acquired frequencies may be paid in instalments.

3
First test antennas in operation

The 5G infrastructure of various providers is being tested at our sites in Karlsruhe and Montabaur. This is part of the selection process for the suitable network supplier(s).

1
Successful participation in 5G auction

After 497 rounds, the Federal Network Agency's 5G auction ends on 12 June 2019. 1&1 Drillisch will purchase two frequency blocks of 10 MHz each in the 2 GHz range and five frequency blocks of 10 MHz each in the 3.6 GHz range for a total of 1.07 billion euros.

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1
Successful participation in 5G auction

After 497 rounds, the Federal Network Agency's 5G auction ends on 12 June 2019. 1&1 Drillisch will purchase two frequency blocks of 10 MHz each in the 2 GHz range and five frequency blocks of 10 MHz each in the 3.6 GHz range for a total of 1.07 billion euros.

Learn more
2
Negotiations on National Roaming

Since the end of the auction, negotiations have been underway with the incumbent network operators about National Roaming – the use of foreign networks while building up our own 5G network. With national roaming, nationwide coverage is guaranteed from the outset. This is how we bridge the years of network construction.

3
First test antennas in operation

The 5G infrastructure of various providers is being tested at our sites in Karlsruhe and Montabaur. This is part of the selection process for the suitable network supplier(s).

4
Official allocation of the frequencies auctioned

The conclusion of the licensing procedure by the Federal Network Agency has clarified the band in which the auctioned frequency blocks can be used. This is another important step towards detailed network planning.

5
Contract signed with ministries: Mobile radio sites in rural areas

Together with the established network operators, an agreement was concluded with the Ministries of Transport and Finance (BMVI & BMF) on the construction of mobile radio sites in so-called "white spots". This means that 1&1 Drillisch will build several hundred antenna sites in rural areas. In return, the costs for the acquired frequencies may be paid in instalments.

6
Leasing of frequencies

While the frequencies from the 3.6 GHz spectrum are already available, the frequencies in the 2 GHz range which were auctioned off will not be usable until 2026. To bridge this period, 1&1 Drillisch is renting two frequency blocks in this range from Telefónica. These are available until 31 December 2025.

7
Cooperation in fibre optic backbone

A nationwide fibre optic network is a basic requirement for 5G. Our sister company 1&1 Versatel operates one of the largest fibre optic networks in Germany.

8
National roaming agreement

In February 2021, 1&1 Drillisch accepted Telefónica's improved national roaming offer following a review by the EU Commission, thus creating another important prerequisite for the launch of its own 5G network.