the starting point for the auction of 5G mobile and wireless communications blocks is imminent: this Tuesday (10 p.m.) begins, the Federal network Agency, the controversial auction for frequency blocks to be rapid for the ultra mobile wireless standard 5G.

In the auction, experts see an important step to prevent Germany from proceeding to the Internet finally. Time is of the essence: Other countries, such as Austria and Switzerland are already more, you have to forgive the 5G frequencies already. Especially for the German industry is 5G is important, you want to improve your competitiveness.

The auction is a tedious thing – similar procedures in the past two decades, lasted between three and six weeks. The reason for the time: Only when a single one of the 41 more blocks will be offered, will be declared the auction completed – there is only a single bid on a Block, everything will be renewed. In the process, it comes to frequent shifts in the situation, therefore, companies offer to other blocks than before.

The proceeds is estimated to be three to five billion euros. The money goes to the Federal government, which wants to use it again for the digital expansion. I will never forget the first big mobile auction remains in the year 2000, as the UMTS (3G) went to the frequencies for the equivalent of about 50 billion euros on the table. In retrospect, that was too much – it came to economic difficulties in the industry, the increased Expansion. Ultimately, the money had been paid for the frequencies, since the necessary investments in the company.

The current auction preceded by a bitter dispute over the precise expansion rate was gone. The Federal network Agency had laid down rules by the end of November, according to which until the end of 2022 at least 98 percent of the households are to be supplied in every state with high speed Internet. Also on motorways, Federal roads and Railways, you should be able to consistently surf quickly.

The rules had caused an outrage in the German mobile industry, nine companies have filed lawsuits to the administrative court in Cologne. Four of them wanted to worry with Eilanträgen to ensure that the rules changed in the first place and then the auction takes place. With this approach, they failed but the court dismissed her concerns and denied the motions.

The proceedings on the merits of the three network operators, Telefónica, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom, as well as the other plaintiffs are still pending – to the Fingertips of the court to the Eilanträgen but probably no chance.

Despite their complaints, want to join the existing network operators and new entrants 1&1 Drillisch at the auction. “We want to build 5G,” says Vodafone spokesman Alexander Leinhos. Wished for other auction terms and conditions and in advance of the auction cleared. “We do, however, come to the auction, because with 5G Germany’s digitization can be driven forward, now, unfortunately, but with the brake pad of unclear rules on Procurement.” Also, Telefónica showed himself determined, at the time of auction despite the adverse conditions. “We are confident that we will conclude the auction successfully.”

The Federal network Agency carries out the auction, its Headquarters is in Bonn. In Mainz, however, has a technology site that is suitable for the time-consuming process better – therefore Palatinate’s capital is sold in the Rhineland to the highest bidder.