Telekom buys 5G frequency worth 2.17 bn Euros

Telekom has bought 5G frequencies worth 2.17 billion euros which includes 4 frequency blocks in the 2 GHz band and 9 frequency packages in the 3.6 GHz band.

“We received the spectrum we wanted. After a long auction, clarity now prevails. Now we will build a first-class 5G network for Germany. Our customers can look forward to this,” says Dirk Wossner, Member of the Board of Management, Telekom Deutschland.

“The network rollout in Germany has suffered a significant setback. The price could have been much lower. Once again, the spectrum in Germany is much more expensive than in other countries. Network operators now lack the money to expand their networks. With the auction proceeds one could have built approximately 50,000 new mobile sites and close many white spots,” commented Wossner.

After the auction has ended, Telekom will now apply to the Federal Network Agency to use the frequencies.

Wössner said, “Our offer to tackle network expansion in rural areas together with our competitors will continue to apply. We will start talks on this.”

The first antennas for 5G are already installed in test areas in Berlin, Darmstadt and the Port of Hamburg. Telekom already has 150 5G antennas in operation throughout Europe. In Germany, more than 80 percent of existing antennas are already prepared for 5G.

In the Port of Hamburg, the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), Deutsche Telekom and Nokia have tested new features of the 5G standard with different applications. From January 2018 to June 2019, the approximately 8,000-hectare site served as a test bed to prove that 5G can address the requirements for industrials. The field test as part of the EU project 5G-MoNArch in Hamburg has now been successfully completed.

The partners installed sensors on three ships from the HPA subsidiary Flotte Hamburg GmbH & Co. KG and these sensors enable the real-time monitoring and analysis of motion and environmental data from large parts of the port area.

The Port Road Management Center of the HPA remotely controls the traffic flows in the port of Hamburg via a traffic light connected to the mobile network. This should help, for example, to guide trucks faster and safer through the port area.

With the help of the new standard, 3D information is transmitted to an augmented reality application. The 3D glasses allow maintenance teams on site – for example on a construction site – to call up additional information such as building data or receive remote interactive support from an expert.


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