FNA reviews mobile operator coverage targets

14 Jan 2020

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (FNA, known locally as the Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA) is reviewing reports submitted by mobile network operators to determine whether they met the coverage requirements of the 2015 multi-band spectrum auction. These include an obligation to provide mobile data speeds of at least 50Mbps to 98% of households nationwide and 97% of households in each federal state from 1 January 2020, as well as fully supplying the main traffic routes.

According to their own information, Telekom Deutschland and Vodafone Germany claim they fulfilled the household coverage requirements, while Telefonica Deutschland says it was unable to meet the obligations but expects to achieve the required levels by the end of the year. None of the trio were able to fulfil the requirement to fully serve all major traffic routes, with the delays attributed partly to a lack of building permits, monument and environmental protection, and nature conservation.

The FNA is currently reviewing the information provided by the operators and will conduct its own measurements in each federal state. The regulator will then decide on whether each company has fulfilled the coverage requirements of their mobile spectrum licences.