The new 5G licenses in Austria can be linked to the nationwide roll-out

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s telecoms regulator RTR said on Monday, the bidders in the second auction is from 5 G license to carry in order to the roll-out of high-speed internet access in rural areas, with the aim of ensuring access for every community in the predominantly rural and mountainous areas.

FILE PHOTO: a Computer-based equipment in the network, in a server-room in Vienna, Austria, the netherlands, October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader/File Photo

The auction for the 700, 1,500 and 2,100 Mhz frequency bands, which allow for data transfer rates required for the autonomous driving and connected to machines and production sites, and it is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2020, the RTR chef, Klaus Steinmaurer, told a news conference in Vienna, austria.

In contrast to Austria, the first, 5 g of an auction of the 3.4 to 3.8 GHz band, and mainly it will speed up the data services in densely populated areas, for the 2020-a license shall not be spread all over the region, but will be granted in the country as a whole.

In order to encourage bidders to undertake, as many local authorities as possible, the regulator is planning to add requirements and incentives for the allocation of frequencies.

The new licences will only be granted subject to the condition that the purchaser will arrange for a high-speed internet access to a number of communities that are currently poorly available. The purchaser and the delivery of more local authorities than is required for a reduction in the purchase price, depending on the number of communities.

Potential bidders will be invited to discuss the terms, conditions, and aims to Feb. 21, Steinmaurer he said.

In austria, the three major mobile network providers, all of which have purchased licences in the first round, A1 Telekom Austria, which is controlled by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim and the Austrian state, and Deutsche Telekom’s Magenta, Telecom, and the Chinese Hutchison Drei Austria.

Deutsche Telekom has said that it will invest a total of € 1 billion up to 2021 in order to have a 5G network to be in Germany.

The A1 Group, which is 28.4 per cent, it has been said that it would continue to work closely together with other state-controlled enterprises, including the rail company OeBB, motorway operator Asfinag, and residential real estate group in the extension and upgrading of the networks to be fast, and to keep the costs down.

Austria’s economy is largely based on small and medium sized enterprises (smes), and the use of highly specialised small businesses, with many of them, including the chip vendor, AMS, emissions testing specialist, THIS List, and the fire engine author Rosenbauer, a niche market leader.

The government’s ambition is to be the main road to 5G services will be available by the end of 2023, and is “almost rural” 5G coverage by the end of 2025.

Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; editing by David Evans

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