Berlin (dpa) - Companies and organizations that want to optimize their work with the help of the fifth mobile generation (5G), can in future build their own 5G networks on their site.
The fee regulation necessary for the use of the frequencies was published on Wednesday in the Federal Law Gazette. Thereafter, companies and organizations can apply for use of local 5G frequencies on Thursday.
The frequencies from 3.7 to 3.8 GHz used for the 5G campus networks were not auctioned off at the 5G auction in June for the mobile operators, but reserved in advance by the Federal Network Agency.
The providers Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Telefónica and 1 & 1 Drillisch had paid a total of 6.55 billion euros. The frequencies for 5G networks on the factory site will be comparatively inexpensive to use.
The frequency allocation fees are based on the desired bandwidth, the size of the allocation area, the allocation period and the intended use. In many cases, the cost should be only a few thousand euros a year.
The offers of the Federal Network Agency are "medium-sized and therefore especially for small and medium-sized companies attractive," said the industry associations VCI, VDA, VDMA and ZVEI.
Also in the broadband industry, which is involved in the construction of the campus networks, the award conditions met with a positive response. "We are sure that many medium-sized companies will be able to realize their own 5G campus networks on the basis of local frequencies in order to be prepared for the digital future", explained the Managing Director of the Broadband Communication Association (Breko), Stephan Albers.
The Federal Association of German Industry (BDI) said, Tempo is crucial for the success of 5G in Germany. "The agreement in the dispute over the fee amount was overdue. With private campus networks, our businesses are no longer on hold and can immediately begin building a 5G network independently. "
In advance, many industrial companies had already expressed interest in setting up their own 5G networks, including virtually all German car manufacturers, but also service companies such as Deutsche Messe AG and Lufthansa. Universities like RWTH Aachen University also want to build 5G campus networks.
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the light and sensor group Osram had already shown the prototype of a campus network in the spring.
The incumbent network providers had turned against the plans for frequency allocation for campus networks. They fear that they might lose business because of the private networks. At the same time, providers are in many cases also the technical partners in building campus networks.
Frequency Fee Ordinance in the Federal Law Gazette
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