10/02/2020 Press release
Vodafone and TOTAL activate first 5G service stations in Europe
New standard enables faster speeds and more digital services
- Vodafone and TOTAL launch exclusive 5G partnership
- Today the first 5G service stations go online
- Smart network brings advantages for business and private customers at service stations
Düsseldorf/Erfurt, February 10, 2020
Vodafone and TOTAL are jointly laying the foundation for the digital service station of the future. The operator of around 1,200 service stations in Germany and Vodafone have launched an exclusive 5G partnership. The first two 5G service stations in Europe are going online today in Düsseldorf and Erfurt. TOTAL customers can now benefit from fast Internet speeds and more digital services.
Mobile payment via e-wallet, digital signage and fast WLAN for customers: Service stations are becoming increasingly digital. Conventional DSL lines are more and more reaching their limits. Therefore, Vodafone and TOTAL Deutschland are introducing the new 5G mobile phone technology at service stations for the first time. Today, the partners lauchend 5G at the TOTAL station in Düsseldorf/Forststraße. At the same time, the TOTAL station in Erfurt/Arnstaedter Straße is also being converted to 5G. All digital services as well as POS terminals transmit data reliably in the 5G network with bandwidths of up to 500 megabits per second - and thus about ten times faster than with a conventional DSL connection.
"We finished the year 2019 with the first 5G innovations and we will continue in 2020. Those who rely on future-oriented technologies today will be one step ahead of its markets players tomorrow," says Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of Vodafone Deutschland. "5G not only leads to competitive advantages in huge industrial halls. The new mobile phone technology is also needed in places where we do not immediately suspect it - even while refueling".
"At TOTAL we attach great importance to modern service stations, we want to be close to our customers and their needs. More powerful bandwidths mean that digital services can be provided quickly and without interference. Hence, 5G brings advantages for every single customer," explains Thomas Strauß, Director Service Stations at TOTAL Deutschland.
In order to connect the first two 5G service stations to the network, Vodafone and TOTAL have activated the 'Gigacube 5G' version of the 5G router specially developed for business customers at the two locations in Düsseldorf and Erfurt. The ‘Gigacube 5G’ receives the 5G signal, which is provided locally via the Vodafone mobile network. The 5G router is separately encrypted and connected to the 5G network. All data is thus specially secured. The 5G router transmits the signal to an intelligent network distributor. This divides the available network capacity into small sub-networks and makes it available for the individual digital services. In this way, service station operators can prioritize individual services and provide the required bandwidth.
"The possibility of reserving bandwidths for special customer groups or services opens up whole new areas of application for our business customers," explains Thomas Strauß. "At the two pilot locations, we can now test innovative services in a targeted manner. We are very pleased to be at the forefront of 5G right from the start".
About TOTAL Deutschland GmbH
With around 1,200 stations, TOTAL operates the third largest service station network in the country and offers a wide range of energy and mobility products, including heating oil, liquid gas, lubricants, fuels for aviation and shipping, bitumen and special products for industry. The Group also operates TOTAL Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland in Leuna, one of the most modern refineries in Europe. The sale of natural gas and solar solutions is just as much a part of the Group's activities in Germany as the chemicals division with petrochemical products and special applications for the automotive and aviation industries. TOTAL secures more than 4,000 jobs in Germany and is continuously working on solutions for the energy supply of the future, for example by setting up hydrogen filling stations.
About the Marketing & Services division of Total
The Marketing & Services division of Total develops and markets products primarily derived from crude oil, along with all of the associated services. Its 31,000 employees are present in 109 countries and its products and services offers are sold in 150 countries. Every day, Total Marketing & Services serves more than 8 million customers in its network of over 14,000 service stations in 62 countries. As the world’s fourth largest distributor of lubricants and the leading distributor of petroleum products in Africa, Total Marketing & Services operates 50 production sites worldwide where it manufactures the lubricants, bitumen, additives, special fuels and fluids that sustain its growth.
Total is a major energy player that produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity. Our 100,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, more affordable, cleaner and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, our ambition is to become the responsible energy major.
* * * * *
This press release, from which no legal consequences may be drawn, is for information purposes only. The entities in which TOTAL S.A. directly or indirectly owns investments are separate legal entities. TOTAL S.A. has no liability for their acts or omissions. In this document, the terms “Total” and “Total Group” are sometimes used for convenience where general references are made to TOTAL S.A. and/or its subsidiaries. Likewise, the words “we”, “us” and “our” may also be used to refer to subsidiaries in general or to those who work for them.
This document may contain forward-looking information and statements that are based on a number of economic data and assumptions made in a given economic, competitive and regulatory environment. They may prove to be inaccurate in the future and are subject to a number of risk factors. Neither TOTAL S.A. nor any of its subsidiaries assumes any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information or statement, objectives or trends contained in this document whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.