New 5G licenses in Austria relate to rural participation

The 2020 licenses will not be split between regions but will be awarded across the country in contrast to Austria’s first auction of 3.4 to 3.8 GHz band 5G which will speed up data services in densely populated areas.

The auction for the 700, 1,500 and 2,100 Mhz bands, which will provide the data rates needed for autonomous driving and connecting cars and production sites, is planned for spring 2020, RTR chief Klaus Steinmaurer said. at a press conference in Vienna.

To encourage bidders to connect as many communities, the regulator plans to attach frequency allocation requirements and incentives.

On Monday, Austria’s telecommunications regulator RTR said bidders in the second 5G license auction would have to commit to distributing fast internet in rural areas, aiming to provide access to every community in the predominantly rural and mountainous country.

The buyer can provide more communities than required for a purchase price discount depending on the number of additional communities.

New licenses will only be granted provided the buyer provides fast internet to a certain number of poorly supplied communities.

Steinmaurer said potential bidders are invited to discuss the terms and objectives by October 21.

Austria’s three leading mobile network providers, who have all bought licenses in the first round, are A1 Telekom Austria, which is controlled by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim and the Austrian state, Deutsche Telekom’s Magenta Telekom and Deutsche Telekom’s Magenta Telekom. Drei Austria Chinese Hutchison.

Deutsche Telekom has said it will invest a total of 1 billion euros by 2021 to build its 5G network in Austria A1 Group.

 

which the state holds 28.4 per cent, has said it will work closely with state-controlled firms including rail company OeBB, automobile operator Asfinag and residential property group BIG in expanding and improving networks to be fast. and to keep costs low.

Austria’s economic strength is largely based on medium-sized enterprises and very small businesses with many of them, including the AMS chip supplier, AVL List emission test specialist and fire truck manufacturer Rosenbauer, market leaders.

The government is aiming for major traffic routes to have 5G services available by the end of 2023, and to have “practically nationwide” 5G coverage by the end of 2025./Investing.com

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