On 12 October, the bidding procedure for new mobile frequencies will be presented to the Advisory Council of the Federal Network Agency consisting of representatives of the Federal Parliament and the Federal Council of Germany. The auction is planned to take place at the beginning of 2010 and will be the most comprehensive allocation of frequencies for mobile radio in Germany in the last ten years. Included in the bidding are frequencies for the so-called "digital dividend" released due to the digitalisation of radio broadcast. In line with the requirements stipulated by the Federal Government the frequencies must also be used to close the broadband supply gap, the so-called "white spots", in rural regions.
Telefónica O2 Germany regards the Federal Network Agency's submission as a severe preference of D-networks and has called for the amendment of the bidding procedure by the Agency. "The allocation of these frequencies will contribute to the decision on market opportunities in the next ten to twenty years", Haas emphasizes. "A fair bidding procedure is required to ensure continuously strong competition and the high propensity to invest in the German mobile telecommunications market - to the benefit of customers." Telefónica O2 Germany is committed to support the Federal Government's broadband strategy by providing investments and has submitted its proposal for a bidding procedure with evident obligations for the expansion of the broadband in rural regions.