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Consultation draft

Consultation draft of a decision of the President's Chamber on the order for and choice of proceedings for award, the determinations and rules in detail (award rules) and the determinations and rules for conduct of the proceedings (tender rules) for spectrum in the 450 MHz band for mobile/fixed communications networks (MFCN)
-Reference: BK1 20/001-

The rights of use in the 450 MHz band (451.00 - 455.74 MHz / 461.00 - 465.74 MHz) expire on 31 December 2020; the spectrum will be made available primarily for critical infrastructure applications within the framework of the designation for mobile/fixed communications networks (MFCN). The aim is to re-assign the spectrum after expiry of the current rights of use.

No alternative broadband spectrum and no exclusive bands are currently available for critical infrastructure operators. The provision of the 450 MHz spectrum for critical infrastructures will help to pave the way for the digitisation of the energy transition. The spectrum is particularly suitable for use in building a highly available and blackout-resilient nationwide wireless network infrastructure for sectors such as electricity, gas, water and district heating.

The draft proposes that one assignment holder should be required to provide the wireless network infrastructure for critical infrastructure operators in line with demand. The assignment holder would be able to offer ready-made wireless applications to interested critical infrastructure operators and offer the possibility to cooperate in network rollout. The assignment holder would also be able to lease spectrum to critical infrastructure operators on request, which would enable the operators to establish their own systems or continue using wireless network infrastructure already in place.

The fact should be taken into account that no alternative broadband spectrum and no exclusive bands are currently available for critical infrastructure operators. The provision of the spectrum can therefore make a significant contribution to the energy transition, the aim being for the spectrum to be used as soon as possible for the digitisation of the energy transition.

A draft decision was drawn up on the basis of comments and notifications of demand received and is now being put out for consultation. Interested parties are hereby invited to comment on the consultation draft.

Responses are to be submitted in German by 28 August 2020.

The Bundesnetzagentur would like to point out that the proceedings may be subject to a different decision by the federal government.

Consultation draft (pdf / 940 KB)

Previous procedures

The rights of use in the 450 MHz band (451.00 - 455.74 MHz / 461.00 - 465.74 MHz) expire on 31 December 2020; the spectrum is to be made available in the future primarily for critical infrastructure applications within the framework of the designation for mobile/fixed communications networks (MFCN).
To shape the future approach, the interested parties were invited to register their anticipated needs for critical infrastructure applications in the 450 MHz band by 28 February 2020. At the same time, interested parties had the opportunity to state their views on the key elements.

Key elements and identification of demand (pdf / 687 KB)

The responses we have received on the key elements can be viewed via the following link (German only):

Stellungnahmen Eckpunkte (Stand 26.05.2020) (zip / 106 MB)

The Bundesnetzagentur would like to point out that both the identification of demand and the key elements are subject to a decision by the federal government. Should the federal government decide instead to make the spectrum available for public safety authorities and organisations, this identification of demand and the key elements will no longer be relevant and thus have no legal consequence.