Faster surfing with 5G is still the exception at many popular tourist destinations. According to a comparison portal there is hardly any difference to 4G.
The new mobile phone standard 5G is supposed to enable significantly higher data transmission speeds – but this is not yet the case at many popular tourist destinations. According to a study by the comparison portal Verivox, faster surfing is still the exception and 5G is often only available in a “light version”.
According to Verivox, 16 of 22 destinations, which according to the German National Tourist Board are among the most popular city highlights, castles and palaces in Germany, are already supplied with 5G. However, according to the comparison portal, 5G is generally not faster than 4G. By far the most frequently available maximum speed at the destinations investigated was therefore 375 megabits per second (Mbit/s) – in both networks, both via the 4G standard in use today and via the new 5G network.
“5G does not automatically mean gigabit speed,” explained Jens-Uwe Theumer, Vice President Telecommunications at Verivox. On the one hand, the bandwidth depends on the network load and the frequency range used, and also decreases when 4G and 5G are used in parallel on one mobile phone mast. “On the island of Mainau, for example, this leads to the curious situation that 5G customers there only surf about half as fast as users of the 4G network,” Theumer added.
Verivox found differences primarily between city and countryside, but not between east and west. Seven of the 22 tourist destinations investigated are located in the new federal states. Among them, according to the comparison portal, the Bauhaus Museum in Weimar is the only destination with gigabit speed, but only on the Vodafone network. With the exception of Wartburg Castle near Eisenach, the other main tourist destinations in the east are therefore centrally located and well developed, such as the Frauenkirche in Dresden or the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam. Rural destinations in the west, for example in the Eifel or Bavaria, are often significantly worse off, the comparison portal explained.
According to Verivox, at 16 of the 22 destinations, Telekom customers can count on faster speeds than Vodafone customers. “However, both network operators provide only a limited service, especially to rural castles and palaces – such as Neuschwanstein Castle or Linderhof Castle,” the portal explained. At some destinations even only the very slow 2G speed is available – making even simple surfing difficult.