Germany

KPN shareholders to decide E-Plus fate

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

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.

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

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.

EC asks German regulator to lower mobile termination rates

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.

Consolidation, convergence and competition

Calls for consolidation in the European mobile market grow louder by the week and four-operator markets look increasingly challenged. Now, those mobile operators that have already built scale seem to be suggesting that there is no option but to expand yet further through diversification.

Amazon builds development centre in Germany

Online powerhouse Amazon is stepping up its European cloud presence with the creation of a development centre in Germany. The new entity, based in Berlin and Dresden, will create 70 new engineering jobs and will focus on developing technologies to support the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing business, including hypervisors, operating systems, management tools and other applications as well as the development of machine learning technologies for use across all of Amazon’s platforms.

Deutsche Telekom Joyns fold

Operator group Deutsche Telekom has become the latest firm to offer the GSMA’s Joyn messaging platform to its users. The operator has rolled out the service to customers in its native Germany.

Telefónica trials VoLTE call handover

Spanish operator group Telefónica has succesfully demonstrated voice call continuity when handing over from LTE to 3G. The handover was achieved in Germany, through local subsidiary Telefónica Deutschland, in a test laboratory environment that the operator claims accurately simulates that of a real mobile network.

iZettle launches in Germany

Swedish firm iZettle has launched its mobile payment card reader service in Germany. The payment solutions provider has teamed up with financial institutions DZ Bank and Deutsche Telekom to provide small businesses with the ability to accept payments via Android and iOS smartphones.

KPN sees Q3 profit drop by a third

Dutch operator group KPN has seen its quarterly net profit fall by 32 per cent year on year, and has blamed increased competition in the German market as a key factor for its poor performance. The operator recorded net profit of €250m for 3Q12, compared with the €368m it made in 3Q11. This was despite revenue falling by a comparatively modest 6.5 per cent year on year, from €3,256m to €3,044m.

Telefónica to sell shares in Germany

Spanish operator group Telefónica plans to sell shares in its German business on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The company is offering 258,750,000 shares to the market, representing approximately 23.17 per cent of Telefónica Deutschland’s share capital.

First LTE phone coming to Vodafone Germany

Vodafone D2, the German arm of the UK-based carrier, has revealed that it will soon have an LTE ready smartphone from Taiwanese handset maker HTC available on its network. German publication Computer Week has said that the Vodafone press office in Germany has confirmed that the HTC Velocity 4G will soon be coming to market, though the exact launch date and pricing has not been confirmed.

Germans prefer broadband over partners says Alcatel-Lucent

Philippe Keryer, executive vice president of the networks operating segment at vendor Alcatel-Lucent revealed that in a recent study 84 per cent of Germans admitted that they would rather give up their cars or their partner, rather than be deprived of their internet connection.

German court rules to ban sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab

Apple has won a case in Germany to prohibit the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet device in the country.

The Düsseldorf court upheld the preliminary injunction secured by Apple, which claims that Samsung had infringed its intellectual property and copied the iPad.

Telefonica signs PaymentOne for carrier billing in Germany

Right now it seems like operators are falling over themselves to establish direct carrier billing functionality. Telefónica, which already signed up Boku earlier this week, seems to be spreading its bets through a secondary deal with PaymentOne.

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