In our second look at the 5G experience in Germany we see O2 maintaining a winning edge in 5G Download Speed with our users having clocked the fastest average 5G download speeds once again, this time with a score of 143.9 Mbps. However, Telekom holds on to the other six 5G awards.
Telekom saw its lead reduce in our video, multiplayer gaming and voice app communication experiential awards — 5G Video Experience, 5G Games Experience and 5G Voice App Experience.
German mobile operators are expanding their 5G networks while also testing new technologies that should improve users’ experience when connected to 5G. For example, O2 has been testing Voice over New Radio (VoNR), which establishes telephony connections directly within a 5G network, while Telekom demonstrated 5G end-to-end network slicing capability, enabling a ‘performance on demand’ model for video streaming, where customers can control and alter their service automatically, based on performance quality needs. On the other hand, Vodafone has looked into deploying a 5G standalone network in Munich to test mobility concepts and has claimed to have launched Europe’s first standalone 5G network across its footprint.
In this report, we examine the 5G experience of our users on the three mobile network operators in Germany — O2, Telekom and Vodafone — over a period of 90 days beginning July 1 and ending September 28, 2021, to see how they fared. We have also published a companion report — Germany Mobile Network Experience — which analyzes the overall experience of all our mobile users in Germany. This is the second 5G report published in quick succession in order to align the publication dates of the 5G Experience report and the existing Opensignal Germany Mobile Network Experience report.