Das O2-Logo auf einer Wand.

Too bad LTE network: speculation about a million dollar fine against O2

Das O2-Logo auf einer Wand.

The conditions were accepted by the three network operators, Vodafone, Telekom and O2, with the 2015 frequency auction and the 700 Mhz frequency auction largely in disuse. By the end of 2019, they should supply LTE to 98 percent of all homes nationwide and at least 97 percent of all homes in every federal state. The requirement: at least 50 Mbit / s per antenna sector, not per client. In addition, major traffic routes, such as motorways, should be fully stocked.

As reported, O2 clearly did not meet these targets. Nationally, the provider claims 84.3 percent of households. On highways at 77.9 percent and on railways only at 80.3 percent. The other two network operators had at least reached their national expansion targets, but had not reached 100 percent for transport routes either.

In detail: This is the state of development of the three networks in your state.

O2: “The punishment would be counterproductive”

Now be prepared for a one million fine at Telefónica Deutschland in Munich. At least that’s what Manager Magazin wants to hear from Federal Network Agency circles. There is talk of up to 30 million euros. There are no official statements from the regulator yet.

O2 is unsurprisingly critical with a penalty. In response to our inquiry, the company said: “It is up to the Federal Network Agency to decide how it evaluates the achievement of the objectives and what is derived from it. From our point of view, it is fundamentally counterproductive for the provision of the network in Germany to impose severe penalties on companies if they can expand the network at full speed in the interest of their customers, especially in view of our special initial position after the merger with E-Plus “.

O2 notes that the Federal Network Agency is debating how to proceed. Furthermore, the “massive expansion of LTE is accelerating again.” O2 explains in more detail: “When the expansion data was released in mid-January, the Federal Network Agency emphasized that the sanctions would only be used ‘if they serve the objective of improving coverage.’ If O2 really had to pay, the money would at least have to be spent on expanding the network. How is not clear.