Germany’s Federal Cabinet has approved an amendment to regulations to allow frequencies in the 700MHz band to be used for the rollout of high speed mobile broadband in rural areas of the country. The move paves the way for the Federal Network Agency’s (FNA, also known as Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA) auction of mobile spectrum in the 700MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz frequency bands, which is scheduled to take place during May and June. Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrint said in a press release that the change to the frequency regulation has created all legal requirements for the upcoming spectrum auction, the proceeds of which will be invested in the development of high speed broadband and the digitisation of Germany.
The sale will feature spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands, the current licences for which expire on 31 December 2016, while Germany will become the first European nation to auction off frequencies in the 700MHz range for mobile broadband. Last month the FNA’s Advisory Council agreed that winning bidders must provide mobile broadband of at least 50Mbps (download) to a minimum 97% of all households in each federal state and 98% of homes nationwide.