Telefonica Deutschland calls 1&1’s demand for 5G roaming “outrageous”

The network operator 1&1 wants access to the 5G network of the competition. Telefónica Deutschland boss Markus Haas has a very clear opinion on this – as does Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone.

The fourth German network operator, 1&1, has met with sharp criticism for its demand for access to the competition’s 5G network. “That is outrageous and from our point of view completely untenable,” said the head of Telefónica Germany (O2), Markus Haas. 1&1 had previously applied to the Federal Network Agency for the regulatory authority to order so-called national roaming and for the networks to be opened up to each other. Then in the future 1&1 cell phone customers would also get reception where the company does not yet have its own antennas.

1&1 had auctioned frequencies for the first time in 2019 to build its own network. However, the company is making slow progress: Instead of putting 1,000 5G locations into operation by the end of 2022 as required, there were only five. There are now 20. So far, no antenna has been activated for mobile phone use, the opening of the network for mobile applications is planned for September. Away from the few 1&1 locations that are still available at this point in time, customers will then be able to connect via the O2 network, but only in the slower 4G radio standard.

With “national roaming”, 1&1 still wants to offer new customers nationwide 5G connections in the future. Should the newcomer receive this type of “superroaming”, in which wireless connections are established to the antennas of all the competition, 1&1 would suddenly have a better hand in the race for customer favors. Telefónica Deutschland boss Haas assumes that the Federal Network Agency will reject the 1&1 application. Annoyed, he said that you have to invest in network construction “and not always whine and ask the regulator for help”. One is ready to negotiate about 5G roaming, which is not ordered by the state – and at “fair prices”.

Criticism of 1&1 also came from Deutsche Telekom, a company spokesman called the call for super roaming “absurd”. And a Vodafone spokesman said: “We have taken note of the application with great astonishment.”

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