Telefonica seeks 5G spectrum auction suspension

7 Feb 2019

Telefonica Deutschland has filed an emergency motion seeking a temporary suspension to the country’s upcoming 5G mobile spectrum auction, Reuters cites a regional court as saying. The move comes after the nation’s mobile network operators (MNOs), including Telekom Deutschland and Vodafone, filed lawsuits against the conditions for participating in the auction, which is scheduled to take place in the second half of March. The Federal Network Agency (FNA, known locally as the Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA) had tightened up the auction rules by imposing more extensive coverage obligations and including measures to promote competition, such as national roaming requirements. It was unclear how quickly the court would rule on the injunction because the FNA must first have a chance to respond. As well as the three MNOs, 1&1 Drillisch submitted an application to take part in the spectrum sale, as it seeks to establish and operate a 5G mobile network to rival the incumbent trio.