Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica Deutschland are teaming up to consolidating their strengths to speed up the expansion of their mobile communications networks.
The two companies have agreed to connect at least 5,000 Telefónica Deutschland mobile base stations with Deutsche Telekom's high-performance fiber-optic network in the long term. In turn, Deutsche Telekom can dedicate the captured synergy effects directly to its own network expansion.
This cooperation is not only remarkable due to its scope; it also points the way forward for the future 5G communications standard and new digital applications.
Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica Deutschland have been partners for many years: the two companies concluded a mobile backhaul contract in 2011. In a mobile communications network, the backhaul connects the widely dispersed base stations – that is, the cellular antennas – with the network center. The new agreement builds on this contract and expands the partnership significantly.