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impact’17: Poland can be among the first 5G countries

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Today, June 1st 2017, Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges gave a keynote speech at the impact’17 conference in Krakow, Poland.

Tim Höttges gives speech at impact‘17

Timotheus Höttges, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Deutsche Telekom AG, gives speech at impact‘17.

He started his speech with a big announcement and an invitation: “Today I am here to say that DT will make sure that Poland is among the first countries that will have 5G networks. And I am here to invite you, for example the young startup scene of Poland, to partner with us. To share your ideas with us.“

He then went on to honor the city of Krakow, pointing out that “The fact we have hub:raum in Poland, in Krakow, and that it covers the whole CEE region just proves our commitment in this region, the country and long-term planning. And he suggested “Let’s use hub:raum as a platform for further collaboration between Poland and DT.”

He explained this by saying that “Krakow is the place for us where we install test networks and technologies long time before they are widely available. All this has one goal - support of development of innovation and startup ecosystem.”

Tim Höttges speech comes at a time when Hub:raum in Poland is launching a second edition of narrowband IoT prototyping hub. DT is looking for partners that want to develop new NBIOT products on our test-site.

hub:raum /DT/TMO PL is also launching prototyping hub focused on 5G and low latency network with a special focus on robotics use cases. Again Krakow will be front-runner in terms of access to infrastructure which is going to be installed at hub:raum’s. On stage, Tim Höttges invited start-ups, projects which do believe they can benefit of 5G network and have already interesting use cases.

Deutsche Telekom is building the “worldwide IoT network” Tim Höttges went on to explain. “We are building a Narrowband IoT network. We have announced a European – wide rollout of NB-IoT for the end of 2017 in Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia.”.

On spectrum, he said “that Spectrum is like real estate in Manhattan. Sell it. Don’t lease it.” Pointing out need for more spectrum, e.g. millimeter waves - 24 GHz and above. “In Korea, SK Telecom can already use this spectrum. What is it good for: Very high bandwidth for very high data rates within small cells.”

There’s also need for Pan-European framework for spectrum policy & auctions. Too many different spectrum bands lead to more complexity. Harmonization of bands and conditions are required.

On 5G, one of his messages was that “A successful 5G deployment requests strong collaboration, fair competition & less regulation.” He pointed out that cooperation with politics on national & regional level is necessary to speed up network deployment.

To the Polish hosts, he suggested that since not all funds for broadband rollout from the “Digital Poland” program have been distributed yet, it would be a visionary investment to devote the remaining sources for 5G.

At the closing of his speech, Tim Höttges renewed his pledge to Europe: “I believe that Europe and the European Union can provide exactly the right answers to the challenges and opportunities of digitization.” And added that Deutsche Telekom sees Europe as a gain: “We operate in 13 European markets. Our different national companies share with each other. We learn from each other. And this makes us better.”

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