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The German mobile network is one of the worst in Europe.

In the Balkans, too, people have better access to the fast LTE network.

This resulted in a study commissioned by the Greens.

Germany is lagging behind in terms of mobile coverage: The Federal Republic is in the supply of 4G (LTE) in the European comparison poorly there, as shown by a study of Aachen consulting firm P3 on behalf of the Greens parliamentary group. 

According to the German networks, there is a need to catch up in terms of both coverage and the data rates achieved – countries such as Poland and Albania, on the other hand, perform better.

Even the best network in Germany was „far off in international comparison,“ according to the study that was published by AFP on Thursday and reported by the newspapers of the Funke media group. 

While in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland „almost all network operators offer an LTE share of more than 90 percent“, Telekom in Germany „just has an LTE share of 75 percent“. Vodafone was with a share of 57 percent already „clearly knocked off“. 

Telefónica’s fast network is „not even available for half of the analyzed data sets“.

In Poland and Albania, however, Deutsche Telekom customers each have 80 percent better network coverage. 

T-Mobile customers in Austria (84 percent) and the Netherlands (90 percent) have it even better. 

In general, according to the study, LTE reception is very good in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland.

At the data rate, the average speed at which data can be downloaded to the telephone in the German telecom network is 4.9 megabits per second (Mbps). Vodafone and Telefónica are behind with 4.8 and 4.1 Mbit / s.

Customers of the Telekom and of Vodafone in Albania surf according to the study on the other hand on average with 9.4 and 8.7 Mbit / s approximately twice as fast. 

Especially in Switzerland, but also in Denmark and the Netherlands, LTE is also faster than in Germany.

The numbers are based on data that was automatically recorded using an application on Android smartphones from July to September and then processed anonymously centrally. 

According to the study authors, this application was installed at the time of data collection on about 190 million devices worldwide and delivered about 1.5 trillion data records per day.

The distribution in Germany shows that these datasets mainly come from metropolitan areas.

 In rural areas – such as in Brandenburg or Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – there are still areas without sufficient data.

Germany is in mobile radio „bottom bracket in Europe,“ criticized Green Party Vice Oliver Krischer. 

The spokeswoman for the Greens parliamentary group for digital infrastructure, Margit Stumpp, demanded „an acceleration of the expansion of a close-meshed fiber-optic network and parallel to the expansion of 5G“. 

What is needed is a „clearer commitment to national roaming in poorly served areas“.


The so-called roaming is the sticking point with the new portable radio standard 5G, which is to replace the predecessor technology LTE step by step. 

According to the study authors, this roaming can be „a building block“ for the faster expansion of 5G networks. 

The mobile phone companies, however, defend themselves against strict conditions. 

The award conditions of the Federal Network Agency only provide that the providers must negotiate about cooperation. By roaming is meant that customers of a provider in dead spots are automatically redirected to the networks of the competitors.



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