- BNetzA threatened O2 Germany with financial penalties if it does not quickly address 4G coverage shortfalls.
Germany’s Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Networks Agency/BNetzA) threatened Telefónica Deutschland (O2 Germany) with financial penalties if it does not quickly address 4G coverage shortfalls (Telefónicawatch, #140 and #141). BNetzA President Jochen Homann confirmed he had mandated Germany’s mobile operators to “fully meet” rollout targets by the end of 2020, as well as setting them interim, quarterly goals and putting them on a regime of monthly progress updates. If they fail to catch up, the body has an “option to impose penalties and fines”, he added. Homann’s comments came following a BNetzA review of the operators’ self‑published coverage data, which showed all three had missed targets linked to 700MHz licences acquired in 2015. O2 Germany came off worst, getting nowhere near a 98% headline, country-wide requirement (at 84.3%) and missing nearly all regional and transport-related goals too. The operator claims to be responding through increased infrastructure investment, while also arguing that fines would backfire by restricting funds for network expansion (Telefónicawatch, #134, #137, and #141).