06. November 2018, 06:06 Uhr | Heinz Arnold
The Federal Network Agency wants to allocate part of the 5G spectrum in the high frequency range to local operators. The car companies would like to operate their own local networks - to the annoyance of the traditional providers.
German car manufacturers want to operate 5G mobile radio networks on their own - a setback for classic network operators such as Telekom.
The allocation rules will be determined by the Federal Network Agency at the end of November. According to previous plans, the authority wants to allocate part of the spectrum in the high frequency range to local operators and not to Telekom groups operating nationwide.
Therefore, the car companies could get their chance. “Local networks operated in-house are better able to transport highly sensitive application data," said a BMW spokesperson. Volkswagen also finds that positive. Daimler was said to be in talks with the network agency. Previously, the "Handelsblatt" had reported on the intentions of the car manufacturers.
This would be a setback for classic network operators - after all, the 5G business potential would shrink somewhat. "It hurts us if 25 percent of a spectrum in the 3.4 to 3.8 gigahertz range is not released for us - as a result we lack bandwidth and capacity," said Walter Goldenits of Deutsche Telekom.
Compared to the LTE standard currently in use, 5G would be many times faster. This is important for autonomous vehicles that are currently being developed by the automotive industry.
The vehicles not only receive data about slippery roads or objects on the roads. They also transmit information to following cars and other objects. This is intended to increase road safety.