Mobile network operators meet transport route coverage obligations

1 Dec 2021

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (FNA, known locally as the Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA) has announced that it has completed the review to determine whether mobile network operators met the coverage requirements of the 2015 multi-band spectrum auction. According to the regulator, Vodafone, Telefonica and Telekom Deutschland all achieved the target to supply all main traffic routes with LTE services, including federal motorway and ICE rail routes. Last year the trio belatedly fulfilled an obligation to provide mobile data speeds of at least 50Mbps to 98% of households nationwide and 97% of households in each federal state by 1 January 2020.

Having fulfilled the requirements from the 2015 allocation, the FNA states that the coverage obligations from the 2019 spectrum auction must now be implemented. As such, successful bidders must supply 98% of the households in each federal state and all federal motorways, the most important federal highways and railways with mobile data speeds of at least 100Mbps by the end of 2022. By the end of 2024, all other federal motorways are to be supplied with rates of at least 100Mbps, while all state highways, seaports, the most important waterways and all other railway lines must be supplied with at least 50Mbps speeds.

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