After the end of the auction of the 5G licenses calls Vodafone Germany boss Hannes Ametsreiter of the federal government back the 6.6 billion. "We therefore suggest that the federal government return the proceeds from the auction in the form of a subsidy to the companies in order to build a better mobile network"Ametsreiter told the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ). "The proceeds from the auction have the equivalent of up to an additional 50,000 cell towers and could help to ensure that there are no dead spots in Germany."
Ametsreiter was relieved that the 5G auction is over after more than three months. "But I am very unhappy with the length of the procedure and the high price we have to pay as a bidder, and in Europe we will not be among the first to start with 5G.", he said. "And the 6.6 billion euros, which the telecommunications companies now only have to pay for the licenses, will be missing in the urgently needed investments in the German mobile network, so the result is catastrophic."
Scheuer: Mobile networks for uninterrupted calls
Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) said: "The proceeds of around 6.6 billion euros will significantly advance the further expansion of the network, with 100 per cent of the revenue flowing into the 'Digital Infrastructure' special funds, ie 70 per cent for the subsidized network expansion and 30 per cent for the digital pact school."
At the same time, the frequency auction with its supply requirements laid the foundation for a nationwide mobile network coverage. The claim for Germany is, according to Scheuer: "Mobile networks in which uninterrupted phone calls and the classic use of mobile Internet are possible."