For the record: Dave to Bnetza on the slow LTE rollout

Something is rotten at DT. When the German regulator, Johann Homann, announced a consultation on spectrum and mobile coverage, I sent this note. “Deutsche Telekom has announced a goal of 85% LTE coverage, a shameful figure. In the U.S., without any subsidy AT&T has announced they would go to 99% of the pops in their landline territory. Verizon has said they will go to 97-99% of the entire nation. 

   LTE is much faster and more efficient than 3G. It’s a simple upgrade of moderate cost and quickly pays for itself. ?Telcos around the world are upgrading rapidly. 
   There is no acceptable reason for DT not to at least come close to international peers.”
?Dave Burstein
Editor, Fast Net News.
    Nearly all successful mobile networks in the developed world plan more than 85% coverage. The only reason I can think of DT is holding back is they hope to get a subsidy if they do.
Here’s the material, in Google translation:
Federal Network Agency Newsletter from 24.06.2013; 
latest news of the Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway 

Spectrum for mobile broadband 
Homann: “Federal Network Agency provides impetus for accelerating broadband rollout” 
Advisory Board Machning: “Mobile broadband is essential for rural infrastructure” – transparency, investment security and ensure broad consensus 
With the consultation draft published today and the strategy paper impetus for a transparent discourse on the provision of spectrum for broadband expansion in Germany are to be set to support the objectives of the broadband strategy. By 2018, the widespread availability to consumers of at least 50 Mbit / s to be achieved. To further enhance the broadband coverage and bridge the digital divide, the Agency intends to use all the potential acceleration in line with government initiatives to promote the development of area-wide high-speed networks. 

Mobile networks

Wireless access for the provision of telecommunications services

The frequencies that the “Wireless access for the provision of telecommunications services” are devoted to the assignment “mobile service” can basically be used with a variety of technologies to connect devices to wireless networks over fixed stations, provided no damage other services are expected. Here telecommunications services are usually offered.

The need for providing wireless network access frequency spectrum is a limited public resource and not to be replicated. The possible use of these frequencies can therefore not be left solely to the free play of market forces.Required is a proactive, non-discriminatory and pro-active frequency regulation. The aim of such frequency regulation is the demand-and-demand provisioning of frequency resources.

Mobile Broadband – Project 2016

The Agency has prepared a draft for consultation in order to give impetus to a transparent discourse to support the objectives of the broadband strategy. It proposes to allocate the necessary resources for mobile broadband as early as possible in an open, transparent and non-discriminatory procedure and to initiate proceedings with a view to the further discussion on potential policy options.

Interested parties are invited to the 4th October 2013 to comment on the consultation draft.

Mobile Broadband – Project 2016

Mobile broadband – Strategy Paper

Together with the consultation draft, the Federal Network Agency has published a policy paper in which she introduces her conceptual considerations for short-, medium-and long-term availability of frequency resources for broadband expansion in Germany. The primary goal is to provide planning and investment security for all so affected user groups, such as, for example, radio and wireless microphones.

Strategic Aspects of availability of spectrum for broadband expansion in Germany

Other Decisions and reports

With the decision of the President’s Chamber of the Federal Network Agency dated 12 October 2009 on the flexibility of spectrum licenses in the frequency ranges 450  MHz , 900  MHz , 1800  MHz , 2  GHz  and 3.5  GHz  ( Az  BK1a-09/001) can be lifted dispensable from the allocated spectrum rights, so that the network operator, while ensuring the compatibility, the frequencies can be used to request technology neutral for wireless access for the provision of telecommunications services.

Also on the basis of the President’s Chamber Decision of 12.10.2009 ( Az  BK  1a-09/002) from 12.04.2010 to 20.05.2010 auctioned frequencies from the 800  MHz , 1.8  GHz , 2  GHz  and 2.6  GHz  were allocated to technology-neutral. The frequencies were awarded in 2010 in an auction. frequency allocation method in 2010

The decision reflects the development of telecommunications markets, which are characterized by the increasing convergence of services and technologies, through the convergence of as yet separate markets, with a rapidly growing demand for broadband connections to telecommunications networks, as well as by the extensive flexibility of frequency regulation.

Result of the frequency distribution analysis – BK1-11/001  (pdf, 311 KB)
report the frequency distribution analysis – Vienna University of Technology, SBR  (pdf, 4 MB)
consultation draft of the frequency distribution analysis  (pdf, 304 KB)
flexible spectrum usage rights – BK1a-09/001  (pdf, 179 KB)
GSM Concept 2005 – BK1-12/001  (pdf, 221 KB)
GSM Concept 2005 – Administrative Order 88/2005  (pdf, 152 KB)
hearing UMTS 2005 (evaluation) – Administrative Order 89/2005  (pdf , 150 KB)
UMTS hearing 2005 – Administrative Order 33/2005  (pdf, 50 KB)
UMTS auction process 2000 – BK-1b-98/005  (zip, 412 KB)

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