German telecoms company 1&1 Drillisch has announced that it plans to submit an application to take part in the country’s upcoming 5G spectrum auction. The firm states that if its wholly-owned subsidiary Drillisch Netz successfully acquires the spectrum at auction, it will establish and operate a 5G mobile network. ‘The company is confident that this step will establish the basis for a successful and lasting positioning of the 1&1 Drillisch Group as the fourth mobile network operator in Germany, and to make a substantive contribution to enabling Germany to become Europe’s leading 5G market,’ the firm said in a statement.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in November last year the Federal Network Agency (FNA, known locally as the Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA) announced the final auction rules and award conditions for the 2GHz and 3.6GHz spectrum sale, which is scheduled to take place in spring 2019. Companies wishing to participate in the auction have until 3pm today (25 January 2019) to submit their applications.