European Commission gives green light to German initiative to eradicate ‘dead spots’ problem – EURACTIV.com
The European Commission on Tuesday 25 May approved the German government’s plan to invest nearly 1.1 billion euros in extending its network in order to finally tackle the burning problem of so-called “dead spots”. EURACTIV Germany reports.
The government wants to build around 5,000 mobile phone antennas in order to eliminate the dead spot problem in Germany.
“We take the closing of the last white spots seriously. Where mobile network operators do not develop privately and there is no obligation to cover, we take the initiative and continue to expand in close cooperation with businesses and municipalities ”, said said Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer.
The gigantic project is urgently needed as the German Digitization Index recently highlighted the poor state of the country’s mobile network and called on the government to act.
The problem has been known for a long time. As early as 2018, said the Minister of the Economy Peter Altmaier management magazine in an interview that he had forbidden his office to put him in contact with colleagues in the Foreign Ministry while traveling by car. At the time, he explained that he was “embarrassed” by the constant failures of the network caused by dead spots.
That there is still some catching up to be done became clear at a digital summit on May 18. Although Altmaier explained that the number of dead spots has already decreased, when asked if he was still embarrassed, he replied: “Yes, but not as much.
Advance network expansion
The deployment will be carried out by the recently established company Mobile infrastructure company and will focus in particular on underserved areas that do not have a mobile phone connection or only have 30-year-old 2G access.
The company will administer the € 1.1 billion funding to promote “the harmonization of living conditions in Germany,” Transport Minister Scheuer said.
the The Commission also welcomed the German initiative.
“It helps to bridge the digital divide, reduce inequalities and promote transparent communication,” said Commission Vice-President Margrethe Vestager. The EU project is also in line with EU state aid rules and is in line with the strategic objective of creating a “European Gigabit Society“.
According to Scheuer, the mobile communications funding initiative also aims to boost the deployment of the 5G network: “In this way, we create uninterrupted phone calls throughout Germany, mobiles operating without load bars and the communications base. high-performance mobiles with 5G. ,” he said.
The Franco-German 5G initiative
A new step towards the expansion of 5G has been initiated by the Franco-German part. Based on Franco-German technological dialogue, which aims to promote European independence in the technologies of the future, the two countries have launched a funding programTuesday to accelerate the expansion of 5G.
The call for funding of 20 million euros aims to trigger synergies between French and German companies with research to strengthen the European ecosystem of 5G telecoms.
“French and German companies can combine their know-how with new financing and jointly create flexible and secure 5G solutions in Europe with their products and services,” said Minister of the Economy Altmaier.
His counterpart, the French Minister of the Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, recalled the importance of Europe’s technological resilience:
“Europe’s technological sovereignty is only possible with more European cooperation. The Franco-German development of a secure 5G infrastructure is a good example of this joint work, ”he said.
5G is considered one of the key technologies of Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution which focuses on automation and smart technology. The EU, as part of its Electronic compass, has set itself the objective of providing all populated areas with 5G networks by 2030.
[Edited by Zoran Radosavljevic]