Mobile communications make for a lucrative and increasingly competitive market. The number of mobile connections in Germany has grown explosively since the 1990s. 950,000 were counted in the country in 1992, then 59.13 million 10 years later, and in 2020, 150 million mobile connections were registered. The figures are based on the number of SIM cards being used, with mobile phone subscription contracts included, prepaid connections and SIM cards for M2M communication (between machines). The leading telecommunications providers in Germany are Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Germany and Telefonica Germany, though they are by no means the only ones used by consumers. Of these three providers, Deutsche Telekom recorded the highest revenue in 2020 at 24.74 billion euros.
Perhaps nowadays it is hard to imagine a home without at least one mobile phone in it. In 2021, almost 98 percent of German households owned a mobile phone, compared to around 30 percent in 2000. Smartphone sales generated 10.9 billion euros in revenue in 2021, a slight decrease on the year before. With smartphone user numbers only growing in recent years, the topic of 5G is attracting more and more attention, with mobile communication providers eager to pounce and recruit new customers (or keep existing ones for longer) by being able to offer them more. 5G is a cellular network system for mobile broadband connection with promises of faster connection speed. This is increasingly relevant, as the volume of data exchanged between devices only increases. Remote working amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and general reliance on mobile communication services have additionally underlined the necessity of 5G implementation, though it is taking time. Germany’s leading telecommunication providers have all participated in a 5G auction. As for German consumers, 35 percent were willing to pay between 10 to 20 euros extra monthly for a 5G mobile contract.
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