Bundesnetzagentur: That’s how good the cell phone networks from Telekom, Vodafone & O2 are

There is good news and bad news for German cell phone users. First the good: The German mobile phone providers Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica / O2 are finally meeting the coverage requirements that they have been given. And now the bad: These requirements date back to 2015 and should actually have been met in 2019!

In recent years, the Federal Network Agency had repeatedly had to admonish the three German providers to meet the coverage requirements for the frequencies auctioned in 2015. The Federal Network Agency had to extend the deadline because Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica / O2 were too late, as the Federal Network Agency explains: The Federal Network Agency then granted the mobile network operators a grace period under threat of sanctions.

As of November 29, 2021, the three providers have finally met these requirements from 2015, like the Federal Network Agency has communicated. The authority writes: “The requirements for supplying households were already met last year. In total, 97 percent of households in each federal state and 98 percent nationwide were to be supplied with mobile broadband (minimum data rate: 50 Mbit / s) by each of the three mobile network operators. The main traffic routes (federal motorway and ICE routes) are now fully supplied with LTE. The Federal Network Agency therefore refrains from punitive measures: “However, the conditions are now fully met, so that no sanctions are required.”

The authority continues: “The network expansion is being actively pursued by all three mobile network operators. Some of the 3G networks have already been converted for better 4G and 5G coverage To meet broadband services. “

Telekom, Vodafone and Telefonica / O2 are now required to meet the supply requirements from 2019. These were at the Frequenzauktion 2019 set. The Federal Network Agency outlines these supply requirements as follows: “The bidders successful in the 2019 frequency auction must supply 98 percent of the households in each federal state and all federal motorways, the most important federal highways and railways with at least 100 Mbit / s by the end of 2022. By the end of 2024, all other federal highways are to be supplied with at least 100 Mbit / s, all state and state highways, the seaports and most important waterways and all other railways with at least 50 Mbit / s. “(PC world)

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