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Funk holes in the Mark : house fire in Brandenburg – but no cell phone reception

He wanted to make after a long time fire in the fireplace, but then the old Prussian forest house was smoke-nice horn. The chimney was on fire, the 53-year-old Forester in stone, of Kiel, a District of Fürstenberg/Havel (Oberhavel) in the North of Brandenburg, tried to delete itself. The handle to the phone to call the fire brigade, brought to nothing: the country forest area forest area there is no reception. The Forester had to drag himself into the car and two kilometers to the nearest paved road, in order to select the emergency number 112. A rescue helicopter brought him later with a flue gas poisoning in a Berlin clinic.

The old forest house is full of smoke.Photo: farm forestry Brandenburg

So it reported Bergs mayor Robert Philipp fürst (independent) to the local paper "Gransee-Zeitung". Also the city fire chief Dirk Stolpe told: "All that were on site, had a signal no cell phone." More than 60 firefighters were there, and not all have the same cell phone provider. Gerd Rademacher, radio expert and a fireman in iron works city, is surprising. In the case of an emergency call to 110 or 112 phones would change automatically to other networks. "Absolute zero in areas with no reception are very rare," he says. And yet there is in the Wide of the Mark. Brandenburg is notorious for its funk holes. What learning Berlin excursion as an opportunity to "digital detox" is welcome, can have fatal consequences.

radio holes are far more than a luxury problem

In November, the Parliament decided unanimously, in the case of the spring by the Federal government's planned auction of licences for the high-Standard 5G, the surface coverage with 4G, it had to be mobile duty. "The sad example of Fürstenberg shows that the radio holes are not a luxury problem, but to a serious threat to the life and life can be," says CDU Senftleben-group-in-chief Ingo. Nationwide cell phone reception is a Must. "We therefore need a rethink: The state government has to take money in Hand and radio masts to build, and the operator must make way for national Roaming free."

the Latter calls for the net activist Anke Domscheit-Berg. The Digital expert of the left faction in the Bundestag, lives in Prince mountain and says: "It is inconceivable that radio lead holes to such tragedies." On her summer tour, her people would have told in the Lausitz from the fear to go against a wild boar, and to stay on the road with the car – reach but anyone over the phone. To date is provided in the 5G licenses that the providers of each province to cover 98% with 4G and 500 radio holes masts. But the rich do not. If a vendor put a Mast, would users of other providers at a Disadvantage. The could use by means of national Roaming on a different network – yet this was not planned but.

Oberhavel district, Ludger Weskamp (SPD) says: For the County of the many radio holes are in such an economically strong country is unacceptable. "If – as in the case of the house of the forest of stone fjord – even people are threatened in life, it is unacceptable." The Federal government must move to the network provider, much more to better network coverage.

"A failure that can explain, in the year 2018 no-one“

How often it comes to such emergencies, don't know Ingo Decker, spokesman for the Ministry of the interior in Potsdam,. It reminds of a big forest fire in August in Treuenbrietzen: Countless forces were in the radio hole, the Telekom had to set up a mobile Mast. "The fact that there is no mobile radio, is a failure that can explain, in the year 2018, no more." In most of the countries of Europe such conditions were unthinkable.

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The police, incidentally, as the cause of the fire in the forest house "construction defects to the chimney and at the combustion facility". The national forest authority is now examining whether or not the house is still save.

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