Taillight Telefónica: Mobile operators do not comply with the requirements for 4G supply


The mobile operators will probably fail to meet the government requirements for the supply of the LTE network. That's loud Information from the news magazine Der Spiegel from measurements made by the Federal Network Agency in Bavaria this summer. Accordingly, the gaps in the 4G network, especially on ICE routes and on federal highways are large. The network operators had to commit themselves with the acquisition of the mobile radio frequencies for LTE, there to ensure a gapless supply until the end of 2019.

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In particular, Telefónica, whose network coverage in the areas studied is significantly worse than, for example, that of Deutsche Telekom. The companies have to remedy these gaps by the end of the year. So far, the penalties for providers who do not meet the requirements, with up to 100,000 euros, however, low. A planned amendment to the Telecommunications Act provides for more stringent penalties – from one million euros to two percent of global annual revenue.

The Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger (Free Voters) called on the mobile operators in November 2019, by the end of the year, the gaps in the supply of highways and ICE routes "close completely",

Aiwanger presented the measurement results on the Bavarian ICE routes. "No mobile operator so far fully complies with the requirements of the Federal Network Agency"he explained. Measurements by BBM, commissioned by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, showed that Deutsche Telekom supplied 90 percent of the ICE routes, Vodafone 84 percent and Telefónica only 74 percent.

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