Mast building and the connection in white spots are subsidized by the state with 1.1 billion euros. Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU) has this at the 2nd mobile phone summit on June 16, 2020 in Berlin explained. “They can then make the mast available to mobile operators without discrimination – or, to put it simply, rent it out at low cost. We have thus balanced the interests of everyone involved.”
In addition, according to Scheuer, there are also quick approval procedures for locations of just three months. Telekom Germany boss Dirk Wössner said: “The goal of an average of three months for approval is a dream. We are currently at 18 to 24 months. I think we still have a lot to do here.”
By the end of September 2020, the mobile network operators will provide the Federal Network Agency and the mobile communications infrastructure company with information about which GSM locations can be used for LTE development in white spots, according to the declaration on the 2nd mobile phone summit.
The federal government will provide around 1.1 billion euros in funding for the additional development of up to 5,000 mobile phone locations where a private sector expansion is also not expected in a timely manner due to coverage obligations or expansion commitments.
Parts of the 1st cellular summit have not yet been implemented
The federal government’s mobile communications infrastructure company will assume a central hinge function, work closely with market participants, states, municipalities and the Federal Network Agency and relieve those involved in the funding process. In contrast, the municipalities play a key role in the search for a location. Verena Göppert, deputy general manager of the German Association of Cities, said: “The municipalities support the telecommunications companies in their search for suitable locations for the necessary transmission systems.”
The telecommunications expert of the SPD parliamentary group Gustav Herzog emphasized: “The new declarations of intent are poor and not much more specific than they were two years ago. The federal government has neither reduced the approval times from 18 to the four months agreed at the time, nor has it quickly provided locations for public properties. The planning law is also still waiting for amendment. It is pending the question of what it takes to have a second summit if key components are still not implemented two years after the first summit. “ Less announcement summits are needed, but more concrete action.