German regulator the Federal Network Agency (FNA, known locally as the Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA), has published guidelines concerning the mobile frequency bands that could potentially be used for 5G, as it seeks to encourage the nationwide rollout of next generation wireless networks as early as possible. The framework is intended to set the guidelines for the introduction of a demand-finding method for the provision of 5G-suitable frequencies, and assess the availability of sufficient spectrum for all interested parties. ‘We are creating planning and investment security for the rollout of networks with the next mobile generation 5G,’ said FNA President Jochen Homann, adding: ‘We are providing the required frequency resources at an early stage.’
The ‘2GHz’ (1920MHz-1980MHz/2110MHz-2170MHz) and the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz ranges have been identified as potential bands for 5G networks, and the regulator has called on interested parties to comment on the framework document and submit their requirements for the frequencies by 30 September 2017. Based on the frequency requirements, the FNA will then develop a draft plan on the spectrum, which could potentially be auctioned off in 2018.