Communictation: Germany Gets Head-Start in Race For 5G

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Communictation: Germany Gets Head-Start in Race For 5G

The German communication supervisory authority Bundesnetzagentur has finally announced the long-awaited auctioning off of network spectrum for 5G in the 2 Gigahertz and 3,6 Gigahertz ranges. The rules for the auction are intended to insure that the winners will speedily launch services, as well as compelling them to improve the quality of mobile phone services to all customers. It is expected that the auction will represent a double-digit billion Euro windfall for the German Federal Government. This would be more than the amount generated by the two previous bandwidth auctions in 2010 and 2015 for 3G and 4G.

Communication: Alexander Dobrinth

Photo: German Federal Government/Kugler

The German telecommunications minister, Alexander Dobrinth, said he expects the auction to give Germany a head start into the era of superfast 5G data connectivity. The technology is still under development, but is expected to deliver up to 20 Gbits/s of bandwidth. However, news from South Korea and the United States indicates that Germany might yet be pipped to the post, by other countries.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Bundesnetzagentur

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