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Multi-Carrier GSM 900/1800 setup

VDDI building located in Cologne-Junkersdorf. T-Mobile has GSM 900/1800 and E-Plus has GSM 1800 antennas on the roof.

Multi-Carrier GSM 900/1800 setup
ShoresGuy, Sep 24, 2005
Location / Street Address:
Kirchweg 2
ZIP Code:
Camouflaged/Stealth Cell Site?:
Carrier on topmost/highest antenna:
Carrier on 2nd highest antenna:
    • Gamer03
      Another awesome picture by ShoresGuy. Thanks for sharing it.

      Does pretty much every carrier have a full signal in Germany? Or does it depend on the population and area?
    • ShoresGuy
      T-Mobile, Vodafone and E-Plus tend to have the best coverage since their GSM networks are completely built out in both cities and rural areas. O2 roams on T-Mobile where their network wasn't built out to save costs.

      It depends on where you are, I don't get full bars in my apartment since the concrete in the building absorbs most of the signal so the signal jumps if I'm in my kitchen or out on my porch since the two closest cell towers are a mile away to the east and southwest so with the building being in the middle, I don't get full bars unless I'm in front of the building.

      But once you leave the building and whenever you're in the city, you get full bars even in the U-Bahn (subway) since microcells fill in coverage gaps where rooftop cell sites don't cover every inch.

      Look at the examples I mentioned in this post:

    • Gamer03

      Thanks for the information ShoresGuy.
    • ShoresGuy
      I always give out cool information :p
    • Gamer03
      Yeah....and it is informational!!
    • ShoresGuy
      And for WA, it's always free :D. I wonder how much space this section of the site will take up over time. It always since unlimited space, I wonder just how unlimited the space really is lol.
    • Gamer03
      I don't know.

      Unlimited night and weekend minutes or unlimited m2m isn't "unlimited."

      Good point, ShoresGuy.
    • ShoresGuy
      I'm sure Joe can expand it without any major issues especially since we have a growing number of pics being added on a daily basis.
    • Gamer03
      Probably. Technology is cool that way.
    • Andy
      I agree with Shoresguy; usually, especially with Vodafone D2 and T-Mobile you will get a signal anywhere, whether in an urban area, a small farming town, or mountains. I have found Vodafone to work better than T-Mobile in some areas Vodafone had a good signal where t-mobile would not work, especially in the Bayerischen Wald and other places.
      E-Plus has urban and small towns built out very well, even though there are still some areas Vodafone and T-Mobile cover that E-Plus doesn't cover.
      O2 is still a ways behind those three, I agree with our expert, Shoresguy. ;)
    • ShoresGuy
      Viag Interkom (O2's predecessor) never wanted to build out their network as widely as E-Plus, T-Mobile and Vodafone. They covered the cities and most rural areas well enough to gain a strong subscriber base (8 million and growing), they had a roaming agreement in place with T-Mobile to cover where they didn't have their own towers. Now O2 has greatly expanded their tower portfolio but they still have that roaming agreement with T-Mobile in some areas.
    • Andy
      So does O2 want to cover most of the population sometime in the future or do they just want to be in more populated/semi-rural areas? I'd think that, in the long term, it would be better for them to have their own network in most populated areas and terminate the T-Mobile roaming agreement.
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