Deutsche Telekom is ready to cooperate with other providers to roll out the 5G network in particular in rural areas, director for Germany Dirk Wossner said in an interview with Handelsblatt.
Telekom would also open its sites to competitors, including 1&1, but only based on the principle of burden-sharing. It has already tested 5G networks in Berlin and Darmstadt and plans to start operating them when permits are available, probably in a few months, he added.
Wossner did not specify how long it might take to develop the network, or when 5G might be available to customers, but noted that the costs of the auction may have an impact on investments. With EUR 5.5 billion investments per year, Telekom is already stretching its capacity both in the fixed and mobile segments. In terms of frequency costs, however, one should take into account that the licences run for over 20 years, he said.
The sector has paid more than it wanted to in the 5G auction, he said, adding that it would have preferred to use the money to build masts. Moreover, one of the problems is to find new locations to expand the 5G network. Politicians should help by cutting bureaucracy and offering more pragmatism and clarity on the framework, he said.
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