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Telefónica and E-Plus merger could result in spectrum forfeit

Telefonica's acquisition of Dutch operator KPN’s German subsidiary E-Plus could result in the firms being forced to give up some of their spectrum holding

German telecoms regulator the Bundesnetzagentur has warned Spanish operator group Telefónica that its acquisition of KPN’s German subsidiary E-Plus could see the firms relinquish some spectrum.

NSN to open security facility in Berlin

NSN's new security facility will be sited in Berlin

Nokia Solutions and Networks has revealed plans to open a Mobile Broadband Security Center in the German capital of Berlin. The firm said it wanted to drive awareness of and collaboration on network security between industry, public sector and end users. The new facility will begin operations in the second half of this year.

Cameron pledges to work with Germany on Internet of Things

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to work with Germany on research and development on internet of things technology, 5G technology and strengthening the EU’s single digital market

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to work with Germany on research and development on the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G technology and the EU as a single digital market. Cameron made the pledge as he joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel in opening the CeBIT 2014 trade fair in Hanover, Germany.

Merkel, Kroes’ propositions for EU cloud “aren’t contradictory,” says EC

EU data roaming regulations and the rise of personalised user policies

This weekend German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the creation of a secure European communications network that would avoid US-based networks and servers. But after questions about the compatibility of Neelie Kroes’ proposals to create a well-governed ‘Open Internet’ with Merkel’s calls for an “EU only” infrastructure, the European Commission reiterated support for the German Chancellor’s calls for better security and data protection but declined to comment on how the two proposals would feasibly coexist.

Deutsche Telekom upgrades domestic voice encryption

Deutsche Telekom has deployed the A5/3 encryption standard for voice transmission in its German network

Operator group Deutsche Telekom has increased the security for voice transmissions in its German network in a bid to better protect its subscribers from wiretapping. The operator has deployed the A5/3 encryption standard for voice transmission, which is currently being rolled out nationwide. The full implementation of the technology is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Telefónica confirms talks to offload Czech operation

The capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague

Spain’s Telefónica has confirmed that it is in discussions with Czech investment group PPF surrounding the sale of its Czech operation O2. In a stock market announcement following speculation in the financial press, Telefónica said that it is “exploring strategic options in relation to its stake in Telefónica Czech Republic, including conversations with investor group PPF, with nothing certain whether an agreement will be reached, or final terms and conditions.”

KPN shareholders approve E-Plus sale

AT&T has acquired Alltel

Shareholders in Dutch operator group KPN have approved the sale of German subsidiary E-Plus to Telefónica Deutschland at an extraordinary general meeting.

KPN to incur €3.7bn loss as a result of E-Plus sale

KPN is set to make a €3.7bn loss on its sale of E-Plus to Telefonica

Dutch operator group KPN has announced it is expecting to make a loss of €3.7bn that it can deduct against taxes as a result of the sale of its German subsidiary E-Plus to Telefonica Deutschland.

Vodafone secures shares for Kabel Deutschland takeover

AT&T has acquired Alltel

Operator group Vodafone’s €7.7bn bid for German cable company Kabel Deutschland has been accepted by shareholders owning 75 per cent of the firm, the required minimum acceptance condition. The bid had already been approved by the cable firm’s board in June this year.

Hackers gain access to 2 million Vodafone Germany customers’ details

Operator group Vodafone has admitted that it has been the victim of a hacking attack in Germany. The operator said it had been subject to a “highly sophisticated and illegal intrusion” into one of its servers in Germany. This has resulted in the theft of approximately two million German customers’ data.

Telefonica Germany extends coverage with femtocells

Telefonica will use Alcatel-Lucent femtocells in Germany

Operator group Telefónica will deploy femtocells in Germany to extend its network coverage in areas where buildings’ walls can degrade the quality of a mobile signal or in areas far from a macro cell tower.

Telefonica wins approval with sweetened KPN deal

It looks like America Movil has given its approval to the takeover of KPN’s German unit E-Plus after Telefónica Deutschland sweetened its original deal.

KPN shareholders to decide E-Plus fate

KPN is holding an extraordinary general meeting for its shareholders to decide the fate of its German business unit E-Plus

Dutch operator group KPN is holding an extraordinary general meeting for its shareholders to decide the fate of its German business unit E-Plus. In July, Telefónica Deutschland made a bid to acquire the unit for €5bn; a bid that was approved by KPN’s board.

America Movil eyes full control of KPN

Big spender: Carlos Slim, head of America Movil

Latin American operator group America Movil has made an offer to acquire the outstanding shares in Dutch operator group KPN. The Mexico-based firm already owns a 29.8 per cent stake in the operator but is looking to own it outright, or at least secure a majority share, as it steps up its efforts to expand further into Europe.

Vodafone signs customer care managed services deal

Operator group Vodafone has signed a five year global managed services deal with OSS/BSS provider Amdocs. Under the terms of the deal, Vodafone’s customer care and billing will be based on Amdocs software applications and the vendor will deliver application development, operations and maintenance services for the operator.

CEO, German video streaming service Watchever: “Traditional broadcast TV will face huge challenges”

Cedric Ponsot, CEO of German video streaming service Whatchever

Watchever is a subscription video on demand service that was launched in Germany in early 2013. For €8.99, consumers in Germany can now stream movies and TV Series seamlessly on a wide variety of devices, ranging from the Apple TV to smart TVs, games consoles, tablets, computers and smartphones.

Still hungry

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The Informer was once told that if you owe the bank £1,000 it’s your problem, but if you owe the bank £100,000 then it’s the bank’s problem. If this is true then Telefónica, which owes in excess of €48bn, surely can’t have a care in the world. Certainly the firm is not about to let the level of debt it’s carrying stop it spending.

Telefónica to pay €5bn for KPN’s E-Plus in Germany

The deal would create the largest mobile operator in Germany, with more than 40m subscribers

Dutch incumbent KPN has confirmed that it is to sell its German mobile operation, E-Plus, to Spain’s Telefónica, which operates as O2 in the German market. Telefónica will pay €5bn in cash to KPN, which will also hold a 17.6 per cent stake in Telefónica Deutschland once the deal, subject to regulatory approval, has been completed.

Vodafone plays offense and defence with Kabel Deutschland

Vodafone has not paid any corporate tax in the US for the second year in a row

Vodafone’s determination to buy Kabel Deutschland represents both an offensive and defensive strategy as it looks to strengthen its position in its leading European market.

EC asks German regulator to lower mobile termination rates

Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission

The European Commission has asked Germany’s telecoms regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), to amend or withdraw its plans to make mobile termination rates (MTR) for operators in the country more than 80 per cent higher than most other EU member states.

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