Telefónica Deutschland said it is having more than 1,500 mobile base stations connected to GasLINE’s high-performance network infrastructure in order to prepare it for the future technology 5G and for new digital applications.
GasLINE is one of the highest-performing fibre-optic infrastructure providers on the German telecommunications market. It has a nationwide network of more than 25,000 kilometres, which is to be expanded by another 4,000 kilometres by 2020.
The two companies have already been cooperating successfully for several years on fibre-optic connections for mobile base stations and in the backbone field, and they have now signed a contract for another extensive expansion programme. Telefónica Deutschland is currently massively advancing the expansion of its network. By connecting additional mobile base stations to fibre-optic cables, the fastest transmission medium, the new O2 network is being prepared for the increasing requirements of future mobile data usage. These include considerably higher capacities and data rates as well as extremely low latency, which will directly improve the customers’ network experience.
The technical connection will be established between the respective base station on-site and the closest central hub in the o2 mobile network (mobile backhaul). Telefónica Deutschland will lease the connections on a long-term basis. Most of the fibre-optic lines are laid in protective strips in the gas pipelines, which provides a high level of reliability.