Vodafone Germany now divides its network into four different layers. Myriam Recha, Head of Local Design at Vodafone Germany, said on November 26, 2019 at the Nokia Innovation Days in Stuttgart: "We are talking about a multilayer network with the cable as the lower layer, through the acquisition of Unitymedia now also nationwide." Then there is the mobile layer, the layer of the Internet of Things (IoT) and "finally 5G, as a layer of the future",
Vodafone Germany has built 60 locations for 5G in 40 cities. 60 more sites would follow in the next six months, Recha said.
Vodafone Germany does not want to be a telco anymore
Vodafone no longer understands as "Telco", ie as a telecommunications network operator, but as "TechCo", as a technology company. Teams need to be free to innovate without being in control, Recha said. "But that's nothing exclusive from Vodafone, everyone in front of it is in the room."
Vodafone Germany boss Hannes Ametsreiter referred to this month the cable network as the "main technical arteries" of the group. After the takeover of Unitymedia, the fixed-network segment accounts for more than half of total revenue for the first time and is therefore the mainstay. The companies Vodafone and Unitymedia have already reached 11.3 million households in Germany at gigabit speeds – 10 million households thereof in the distribution area of Vodafone, about 1.3 million households in the former distribution area of Unitymedia.