FNA rules out 5G national roaming obligation

3 Sep 2018

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (FNA, known locally as the Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA) has said that mobile operators will not be required to allow national roaming when they roll out 5G networks, Reuters reports. The proposed terms for the 5G auction – planned to take place in early 2019 – do not include a binding commitment to allow national roaming, which would let a new entrant rent network access where it lacks coverage, making it easier for a new player to take on incumbent providers Telekom Deutschland, Vodafone and Telefonica Deutschland (O2). The proposed terms, which will be discussed by the FNA’s advisory board on 24 September, also include an obligation that at least 98% of German households must be supplied with speeds of at least 100Mbps by the end of 2022, while at least 50Mbps must be available for busy regional and long-distance railroad traffic lines.

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