In a Europe-wide comparison of the supply with the cellular standard 4G (LTE), Germany does badly. This is the result of a study conducted by the Aachen-based consulting firm, P3 in the order of the Green group in the Bundestag, the news Agency AFP. First, the Newspapers of the Funke media group had reported about the study.

, according to The paper, Germany is both the network coverage as well as the speed of the data throughput far in the back. Countries such as Poland or Albania. Even the best network in Germany to be beaten off”, in an international comparison”.

In the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland, almost all network operators offer, therefore, “that LTE will have a share of more than 90 percent” – the Telekom in Germany come, however, “just once on a LTE-share of 75 percent.” Significantly less it was with Vodafone with a share of 57 percent, and the high-speed network of Telefónica is not “once for the half of the analysed data sets available”.

Also in Poland and Albania, Deutsche Telekom customers have with each of 80 percent of better network coverage. In Austria, the rate for T-Mobile customers, at 84 percent, a little better. Once again it is higher in the Netherlands, with 90 percent of the time. In General, the LTE reception is according to the study, in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland very well.

data rate is the mean velocity, with the data on the phone can be loaded, in the Deutsche Telekom network to 4.9 megabits per second. In the network of Vodafone and Telefónica are 4.8 and 4.1 megabits per second. In Albania, however, the customers of Telekom and Vodafone surfing according to the study, on average, with 9.4 and 8.7 megabits per second, twice as fast. Especially in Switzerland, but also in Denmark and the Netherlands, it is with LTE is also faster than in Germany.

Automated data collection

the Figures in The study are based on data recorded using a Android App from July to September automatically and then anonymized Central have been processed. According to the study authors, this application was installed at the time of the data collection to be about 190 million devices worldwide, and delivered per day around 1.5 trillion records.

The German records come mainly from urban centres. In rural areas – for example in Brandenburg or Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – there are still areas without sufficient data.

– Green call Roaming-duty

As a response to the study, Margit Stumpp, spokesperson of the Greens parliamentary group for digital infrastructure, called for “an acceleration of the expansion of a fine-meshed fibre-optic network and, in parallel, the Development of 5G”. Needed a “clearer obligation for National Roaming in the poorly-served areas”. This means that the customers of a provider in funk holes would be automatically redirected to the networks of other companies.

Roaming is the crux of the matter is to replace the new mobile radio standard 5G, the step-by-step, the predecessor technology LTE. The study authors concluded that it can be “a building block” for the faster Development of 5G networks. The mobile companies are fighting back, however, against strict requirements. And the award conditions of the Federal network Agency only, the provider will need to negotiate cooperations.