The government announced the following: Germany needs a high-capacity mobile communications network throughout the country so that all regions, households and companies can benefit equally from the advantages of digitization. This applies not only to the major conurbations, but also to rural regions. A complete mobile voice and data supply is long overdue. For this reason, radio gaps should be a thing of the past as soon as possible. We are also pursuing the clear goal of making Germany the lead market for 5G in order to maintain prosperity and sustainable growth. Our country must remain a pioneer in innovation – 5G is an essential key technology for this(for more information click here).
In addition to that nationwide frequency spectrum, the BNetzA will allocate frequencies in the 3.7 to 3.8 GHz range separately for local 5G purposes upon request. In doing so, it intends to create the possibility for local and regional 5G networks to be operated – inside and outside of or on private properties. Thus, other companies will then be able to operate their own 5G local or regional networks. However, there will be neither an obligation for nationwide frequency holders to enter into a national roaming agreement with local 5G network operators nor with regional 5G network operators.
At the end of October 2019, the Federal Network Agency published a fee formula:
Fee = 1000 + B * t * 5 * (6a1 + a2).
"1000" indicates the base amount in euros, "B" refers to the bandwidth in MHz (i.e. minimum 10 to maximum 100 MHz), "t" is the duration of the allocation in years, "a" is the area in km² with a differentiation between residential and transport areas (a1) and other areas (a2) (for more information click here).
After the Federal Network Agency announced the start of the application procedures on 21 November 2019, frequency allocation applications can be submitted there.