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State Secretaries: Telefónica's supply level "more dramatic than others"

The LTE coverage level of Telefónica is more dramatic than at Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone, only in Berlin and Bremen the coverage requirement is met. The declared the State Secretaries Heike Raab (Rhineland-Palatinate) and Jürgen Barke (Saarland) during the meeting of the Advisory Board of the Federal Network Agency on January 27, 2020 "Telefónica practically everywhere at the speed of sound" Remove.

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To catch up, the other LTE locations would have to be selected in close coordination and according to the requirements of the countries. In the allocation of the frequencies auctioned in 2015, the Federal Network Agency stipulated that from the beginning of the year 98 percent of households nationwide and 97 percent of households in each state should be supplied with a minimum data rate of 50 Mbit / s per antenna sector. The main traffic routes had to be completely supplied. According to the Federal Network Agency, none of the network operators had fully supplied the ICE routes and federal highways at the end of 2019.

To the great regret of the State Secretaries, considerable gaps remained. While, according to the report, Vodafone supplies 97.9 percent in Saarland and 97 percent in Rhineland-Palatinate, the network operator remains behind, particularly with the federal highways and the railways. Even Telekom is lagging behind its 97 percent expansion obligation in each federal state by the end of 2019 in Baden-Württemberg, Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate with reference to regions close to the border. The network operator currently reaches 95.43 percent in Saarland, 96.01 percent in Baden-Württemberg and 96.48 percent in Rhineland-Palatinate. "This backlog must be made up as quickly as possible"Raab emphasized on the advisory board.

"I call for a clear focus and a double expansion speed in the underserved countries and in the traffic routes"said Raab. "We also need tough sanctions if they are not met", If 99.82 percent coverage could be achieved in North Rhine-Westphalia, the home country of Telekom, that would also have to be possible in southwest Germany.

The federal states had made great efforts to avert obstacles to expansion and to remove obstacles to licensing. Rhineland-Palatinate has set up a clearing house for this, emphasized Raab.

According to Telefónica, however, the current network coverage is much better than the Federal Network Agency shows.

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