Telecommunications: Start in mini format: 1

After a significant delay in expansion, the fourth German cell phone network is now finally in the starting blocks.

Telecommunications: Start in mini format: 1

After a significant delay in expansion, the fourth German cell phone network is now finally in the starting blocks. The telecommunications provider 1

The network initially only exists in a mini format: At the end of September, 60 antenna locations were ready for cell phone connections, and 200 are expected to be activated at the beginning of 2024. Radio broadcasts take place in cities such as Montabaur, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt. For comparison: O2 has more than 28,000 locations nationwide - 1

So far there are cell phone networks in this country from Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica Deutschland (O2). Wherever 1

Billion dollar auction participation

In 2019, company boss Ralph Dommermuth decided to have his own network in order to be able to meet the three established mobile phone network operators Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica Deutschland (O2) on an equal footing. At that time, 1

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Positive consequences for consumers expected

Transport Minister Wissing evaluates the launch of the mobile phone network from 1

Consumer advocates also have their thumb pointing up. “Although the existing networks of the three providers are constantly being improved and more powerful, consumers continue to be exposed to dead spots and, more recently, slightly rising prices from some providers,” says Felix Flosbach from the NRW consumer advice center. “The launch of another network can lead to new competition in an established market, which can result in better networks and cheaper prices for consumers.”

Jens-Uwe Theumer from the comparison portal Verivox says that the fourth network operator will bring a breath of fresh air and more competition into the market. For a long time there were four cell phone networks in Germany, but in 2014 O2 and E-Plus merged. Now the number of cell phone networks has increased again to four. “For almost ten years there were three providers of roughly the same size who had no interest in major disruptions,” says industry expert Theumer. "1

Expansion has been slow so far

The network expansion has not yet been a success story for 1

In order to comply with another regulation, 1

Looking forward

After the difficulties, the expansion is expected to gain momentum next year. According to the requirements of the Federal Network Agency, the company's antennas must reach at least 25 percent of German households by the end of 2025 and at least 50 percent by the end of 2030. The remaining households should have a network with roaming.

The question of whether another mobile phone auction will take place next year is also extremely important. So far, the company has only used frequency blocks in two radio bands, but additional blocks in other bands are necessary for an optimal nationwide network. Therefore wants 1

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