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BNetzA gives green light to controversial 5G auction conditions

BNetzA gives green light to controversial 5G auction conditions
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Christian Boas

The Federal Network Agency has today announced the final terms and auction rules for the 5G frequency auction. The authorization procedure for the auction is thus opened.

“Our decision creates important prerequisites for the digitization of the economy and society. By awarding the frequencies, we are creating planning and investment security and are contributing to the rapid and needs-based expansion of mobile networks in Germany, “says Jochen Homann, President of the Federal Network Agency.

The 5G auction rules along with national roaming have already caused controversy among the German network operators. Previously, the Advisory Council of the Federal Network Agency gave the green light for the draft for determining the framework conditions for the 5G auction in its meeting today. The terms include other clauses imposing national roaming or fixed coverage targets and separate provisions for a new fourth entrant.

Before the meeting threatened Vodafone Germany with legal action, and other operators criticized the move violently. The criticism of Vodafone joined also the German Telekom, which explained last week that the 5G auction process was doomed to failure. However, politicians and Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) have supported some of the regulations established by regulators.

Hours before the Regulatory Authority meeting, the GSMA condemned the terms of the contract as unrealistic. Mats Granryd, General Director of the GSMA, said:

“We are concerned that the proposed conditions, despite the real and significant concerns of the mobile industry, are exacerbating the original proposals by doubling the unrealistic conditions that jeopardize Germany’s 5G future.”

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