The operator also says it has raised €255m through a special loan programme to further expand its network.
THE EU Digital Decade
Announced in 2021, the EU Digital Decade sets out a vision for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030. It has four key areas: ICT skills; business transformation; secure and sustainable digital infrastructures; and digitalisation of public services.
5G is key to this vision: the Digital Decade sets a goal for coverage of all populated areas by 2030 and regards 5G verticals as digital transformation enablers for businesses. Read more about the Digital Decade here.
A new forecast based on data from the analyst firm Omdia uses operator coverage data to predict this growth in subscribers.
The British network operator says that usage of its 5G network has increased by 385% since 2020.
The French telecoms regulator ARCEP says that three million people now use 5G networks in the country.
Lufthansa Technik, which provides maintenance and repair services for aeroplanes has announced that it will expand its private 5G network with a new ten-year licence issued by the regulator.
German mobile operator Vodafone says it will provide extensive standalone 5G coverage to railways by 2025.
The German operator also says their 5G services are available in over 200 cities.
Telefónica Germany, which operates under the brand name O2 says it now operates 10,000 5G antennas in the country.
The operator will build a marine-focused private network in collaboration with Nokia in the port of Plymouth.
The French regulator Arcep says that introducing 5G in the 3.6 GHz band will lead to reduced energy consumption when compared to a 4G-only network.