The Minister for transport and digital infrastructure in Germany updated the national mobile strategy
Andreas Scheuer, Minister for transport and digital infrastructure in Germany updated the national mobile strategy in September 2019. He announced a 5-point plan. The central topic raised deals with coverage issues (extending coverage) and especially with ways and means to reduce white spots in 4G and consequently in 5G.
Mobile players and municipalities are at the forefront of this challenge. As part of the deal with Germany authorities, national mobile operators have agreed to i)provide reliable voice and data services in 99% of households nationwide by the end of 2020, and 99% of households in each state by 2021, especially in rural areas, ii)increase intra-cooperation and build at least 1,400 masts accessible to any operator, iii) meet a minimum of 100 Mbps speeds across major transport routes, iv)and install base stations in “white spots” unserved rural areas. With regard to municipalities, dedicated funds will be opened to help them actively contribute to improve mobile coverage.
The mobile strategy is available here (only in German). Explanations on the expansion campaign in rural areas can be found here (only in German).