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three mobile networks are currently available in Germany. Anyone who surfs or calls on the Internet with their smartphone always uses the infrastructure of Telekom, Vodafone or Telefónica (known as an O2 network). This also applies if you have concluded your contract with another provider.

in Cologne offers Telekom the best network quality. This was determined by the specialist magazine Connect together with the service provider Umlaut in a large -scale test. The network of Telefónica is followed by second place. Vodafone forms the bottom.

tests in three categories

Connect leads through: language, data and crowd. In the "Language" category, for example, call structure and voice quality are determined. In the "Data" category, Connect tests how well apps work, streaming and website work. In contrast, so -called crowdsourcing are collected in practice measured values ​​of citizens, which then incorporate into the evaluation. This should ensure that not only the maximum possible network performance is recorded, but also what is actually important to users. Other items such as prices and service are not compared in the test.

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In the voice ranking, Telekom and Telefónica are on the same with 161 out of 162 possible points, Vodafone follows with a slight deficit (159 points). With the crowd data, Telekom beats 144 out of 150 points Telefónica and Vodafone (141 points each). The Bonn Group can achieve the clearest lead in the data rating, where it is located with 279 points clearly ahead of Telefónica (269 points) and Vodafone (251 points).

connection in the railway

The quality of the broadband connection (4G and 5G) is broken down in the test to the district level: Telekom and Vodafone in particular have a head-to-head race in the districts close to the city center. Telekom is located in Ehrenfeld, Lindenthal, the Neustadt-Süd and parts of Mülheim. Vodafone, on the other hand, cuts better in Sülz, for example, as well as in Dellbrück, Longerich and Esch/Auweiler. Telefónica customers have the best connection in Junkersdorf, Wahn, Dünnwald, Zollstock, Poll and Deutz.

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Die Telekom hat in den meisten Stadtteilen die Nase vorn. Thomas Böhne/KStA Grafik © Thomas Böhne/KStA Grafik Telekom is ahead in most districts. Thomas Böhne/KStA Grafik

At the federal level, Telekom can already win the overall ranking for the twelfth time in a row. Especially as far as the mobile phone connection in the train is concerned, all providers still have some catching up to do. You can take an example to the networks of European neighbors: "Especially in comparison with the exemplary services of the Swiss operators (...), all three German providers continue to get room for improvement," says the Connect evaluation.

But also inner German, there will soon be more competition. The provider 1 & 1 Drillisch is currently working on building its own mobile network.

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