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Deutsche Telekom sues German government over 5G auction - Welt

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FRANKFURT, Jan 1 () - Deutsche Telekom has filed a lawsuit against Germany'sFederal Network Agency protesting preconditions for participating in a next-generation mobile network frequency auction, Die Welt newspaper said on Tuesday.

Germany stipulated that bidders for 5G mobile frequencies must invest to expand the country's mobile network and potentially allow new entrants to use their infrastructure.

The network regulator set a Jan. 25 deadline for auction submissions, saying the sale would begin in early 2019, but revised the preconditions for participation, drawing protests from the country's main network operators.

Deutsche Telekom's suit claims the new preconditions call into question its investments and discourage further development of network infrastructure, particularly in rural areas, the German paper said, citing a Deutsche Telekom spokesman.

Deutsche Telekom could not immediately be contacted by .

Germany's three main network operators - Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefonica Deutschland - have now all sued the network agency seeking to determine the legality of the new preconditions.

Deutsche Telekom, in which Germany holds a 31.9 percent stake, filed a suit against the Federal Network Agency with an administrative court in Cologne, Germany, Die Welt said.


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