How is the 5G network in Austria? The domestic telecom regulatory authority RTR and the European Court of Auditors (EuRH) have different views on this. Because while the Brussels authority sees Austria in the construction and expansion of the 5G mobile network, RTR rejects the criticism.
The EU report is based on data from 2019 and does not yet take into account the results of the second 5G auction, according to RTR. “The second 5G auction, in which frequencies from the 700, 1500 and 2100 MHz ranges were awarded in Austria in September 2020, will ensure almost nationwide mobile broadband coverage in the very near future,” explained RTR Managing Director Klaus, who comes from Upper Austria stone mason. The requirements for the network providers stipulate that all traffic routes and all urban areas should be covered with the new, faster mobile communications standard by the end of 2023. RTR assumes that the EU’s supply targets will be achieved as early as 2023 and not only in 2025.
The ECA had previously expressed doubts about Austria’s plans. At least one major city in Germany will have access to 5G services by the end of 2020. However, there is only a “medium probability” that all urban areas and connected land transport routes will have uninterrupted 5G coverage by 2025, i.e. the ECA. In addition, the specification in the high-frequency spectrum in the 26 gigahertz (GHz) range – as in most other EU countries – is still pending, the ECA report goes on to say.
The Brussels authority positively highlighted the telecommunications law updated last year, which paves the way for classifying 5G providers as high-risk or for offering them from the market.
The ECA is particularly concerned about the treatment of third-country based suppliers such as Huawei or Samsung. EU users may be subject to foreign legislation.