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Mobile Communications: Network operators are making no headway when it comes to bridging dead spots

Major cell phone providers are far behind their plans when it comes to expanding wireless networks in this country. The Federal Network Agency now threatens sanctions.

The expansion of mobile networks in

Germany goes slower than expected. This was reported by “Handelsblatt”, citing an assessment by the Federal Network Agency. As a result, there are still dead spots particularly in rural areas, although these are expected to be closed by the end of the year.

“Of the 600 white areas that will be supplied by New Year, only 89 are closed,” he says. Experts did not expect major network operators Telekom, Telefónica (O2), Vodafone and 1 & 1 to meet the minimum requirements by the end of the year “which they had committed to in the last frequency auction in 2019”.

For this reason, the Federal Network Agency in charge of monitoring the expansion sent a reminder to the mobile phone companies in September.

In it, the agency’s president, Klaus Müller, asked CEOs to “make every effort” to “meet supply requirements quickly,” quoted “Handelsblatt” from Müller’s letter. In case of non-compliance, the fines or penalties would be checked, the agency said of him.

Only in spring the two major network operators, Telekom and Vodafone, announced a collaboration to eliminate dead spots in rural areas. Both companies have announced that more than 2,000 “gray areas” have been closed in Germany since last year. This has become possible through so-called network sharing, where operators share infrastructure such as antennas or base stations.

Half of these are Telekom sites and half of Vodafone. So, if you use the Vodafone network, for example, you now have 1,000 fewer dead spots nationwide. “Gray dot” means that only one of the three German network operators works there. The customers of the other two do not have 4G reception there.

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