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1&1 Drillisch leases spectrum to build its own 5G network
1&1 Drillisch
18.12.2019

1&1 Drillisch leases spectrum to build its own 5G network

Maintal, 18 December 2019. As announced at the end of the 5G auction, 1&1 Drillisch AG will lease spectrum for the installation of its own 5G mobile network at Telefónica. This involves two frequency blocks of 10 MHz each in the 2.6 GHz band. Drillisch Online GmbH, a subsidiary of 1&1 Drillisch AG, and Telefónica Germany have now signed a respective contract. The agreement is based on a self-commitment by Telefónica as part of the EU antitrust approval of the merger with E-Plus in 2014. The two frequency blocks will be available to 1&1 Drillisch until 31 December 2025. The agreement is subject to the approval of the Federal Network Agency.

At the auction of spectrum in the 2 GHz and 3.6 GHz ranges, which ended in June 2019, 1&1 Drillisch acquired a total of two frequency blocks of 10 MHz in the 2 GHz band and five frequency blocks of 10 MHz in the 3.6 GHz band. While the 3.6 GHz spectrum is already available, the frequencies in the 2 GHz band will not be operational until 1 January 2026.

Ralph Dommermuth, CEO of 1&1 Drillisch AG:

"With this agreement, we are taking a further step on the way to setting up our own 5G network. The spectrum rented from Telefónica bridges the period until our own frequency blocks in the 2 GHz range can be used.“

1&1 Drillisch builds mobile radio sites in rural areas - Contract signed with federal ministries
1&1 Drillisch
06.09.2019

1&1 Drillisch builds mobile radio sites in rural areas - Contract signed with federal ministries

Maintal, September 06, 2019. 1&1 Drillisch concluded an agreement with the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) on the construction of mobile radio sites in so-called "white spots". The company is thus helping to close existing supply gaps, especially in rural areas.

With the construction of hundreds of antenna sites, 1&1 Drillisch is making a contribution to improving mobile communications coverage in rural regions. At the same time, 1&1 Drillisch benefits from the agreement on installment payments for the costs of the recently acquired 5G frequencies.

"With the construction of additional mobile communications sites, we are contributing to nationwide mobile communications coverage and making a contribution to ensuring that rural areas in particular are supplied with state-of-the-art technology. We very much welcome the fact that this expansion is taking place in cooperation with the three other network operators. This is a first step that impressively demonstrates the benefits of cooperation for consumers and network operators. Cooperation in mobile communications infrastructure will become even more important in the coming years, because no network operator will be able to build a high-performance 5G network for the whole of Germany alone," says Ralph Dommermuth, CEO of 1&1 Drillisch AG. "By signing the contract with the federal government, we are underscoring our common goal of making Germany a lead market for 5G. At the
same time, the agreement fits in with our long-term financing strategy, which provides for the majority of the expenses for the construction of a modern 5G network to be met from current income," Dommermuth continued.
 

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Lisa Pleiß

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Wolfgang Wölfle

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