O2 calls for fairer sub-1GHz spectrum allocation

14 Sep 2009

Telefonica O2 Germany has released a statement ahead of Germany’s upcoming frequency auction (planned for 2010) demanding fair access to frequencies below 1GHz for all wireless service providers. Markus Haas, managing director for the company, says that due to their early entry to the market, Vodafone and T-Mobile have an unfair advantage in terms of the allocation of sub-1GHz frequencies. ‘The upcoming frequency auction provides the unique opportunity to eliminate this disadvantage and enable us to go ahead with the expansion of the broadband infrastructure in rural regions, while it further ensures fair competition in mobile telecommunications,’ he said. Vodafone and T-Mobile have 12.4MHz of GSM-900 spectrum compared with 5MHz for O2 and E-Plus.