According to a study by the employers’ association vbw, 68 percent of companies complain about outdated mobile phone coverage and insufficient expansion of the 5G network and poor reception in rural areas.

According to a survey by the Bavarian Employers’ Association, the untimely expansion of the mobile phone network in Bavaria is met with increasing resentment in business. “68 percent of companies complain about an insufficient mobile network,” said the general manager of the Bavarian Business Association Bertram Brossardt of the “Augsburger Allgemeine”. This value is significantly higher than the 43 percent of the first survey from 2016 and, according to the association, is due, among other things, to the lack of expansion of the 5G network.

“Already 15 percent of the companies state that they already offer products and services that use 5G,” said Brossardt. Another 33 percent were planning or discussing this. “Overall, companies are investing in sophisticated digital applications across the board. As a result, the demands on the digital networks are constantly increasing.” However, the companies also complain about restrictions on classic mobile communications, especially on roads outside of towns and regional train routes, but also in the home office, said Brosshardt.

With the expansion of the fixed broadband network, satisfaction is higher. 65 percent of Bavarian companies are now satisfied with their available bandwidth. This is a new high, which is due to the fact that the network expansion is progressing through the support policy of the Free State. However, according to Brossardt, the vast majority of dissatisfied companies see their activities impaired by the network weaknesses.

According to the study by the Bavarian Business Association on the supply situation in Bavaria, 97.6 percent of households in the city already have bandwidths of at least 100 Mbit per second, in rural areas only 77.7 percent. At the same time, according to the study, 87.4 percent of Bavarian households even have speeds of over 1000 Mbit per second in the city, and 27.1 percent in the country. “The supply situation in commercial areas is lagging behind, here only 55.9 percent can use a gigabit connection,” criticized Brossardt.