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German govt presents national 5G strategy

Germany has announced its own national 5G strategy, reports Telecompaper on July 13, 2017. Presented by digital infrastructure minister Alexander Dobrindt, the plan includes releasing more spectrum, supporting the roll-out of fibre for backhaul and launching a competition to develop ‘smart city’ applications for the new network. Dobrindt said that 5G will be an important foundation for the gigabit economy, and Germany aims to have high-quality 5G networks in place by 2025.

Germany has already allocated some spectrum that can be used for 5G, and the minister said more will be provided soon to the market. The 2 GHz and 3.5 GHz ranges should be made available in 2018. The government also promised to work with local and state authorities to open up public infrastructure, such as street lights and buildings, to telecom infrastructure. This should increase the amount  of mobile base stations connected to fibre. Municipalities will also be encouraged to participate in the smart city competition to receive federal support for their projects.

The ‘Dialogforum 5G’ set up by the ministry will continue the work in talks with industry and the publication of research.