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Federal Network Agency: First mobile phone card with all networks difficult to reach

Last updated on March 9, 2021

The first card for mobile network coverage in Germany is struggling with high utilization when it is launched. The Federal Network Agency asks for patience. 5G is still completely missing.

The picture for the map (picture: Federal Network Agency)

The Federal Network Agency has made mobile coverage in all villages, cities and uninhabited areas of Germany available online on a map for the first time. As the authority on 29 October 2020 telling , the overview is hardly attainable, but for several hours. "Due to the high number of hits on the map displays, the use of the service is currently limited. We ask you to use the service again at a later date," said the Federal Network Agency.

The data come from the network operators. The interactive map shows the information transmitted by the mobile network operators, which the authorities check on a random basis. The surface coverage with the cellular standards 2G, 3G and 4G is shown.

"We are monitoring the development of mobile phone coverage and will make the data available to the public on a regular basis in the future," said Jochen Homann, President of the Federal Network Agency. Areas without mobile phone coverage together make up 0.3 percent of the country's area.

The information on network coverage is intended to help identify areas that are completely unsupervised and areas that are undersupplied without LTE in Germany. In addition to broadband measurement and radio hole cards, the cell phone card is intended to complement the offer of the Federal Network Agency.

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The Federal Network Agency compares the operator information with the results of the users of the Funkloch app and the data from the supply and cost study by the Federal Ministry of Transport. This study indicated an LTE area coverage of 90 percent in 2019.

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